Minimum Wage : Labour Threatens Strike

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The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side) has called on religious and traditional leaders in the country to prevail on the federal government to implement the new N30,000 to avert looming industrial action.

The acting chairman of JNPSNC (TUS), Simon Anchaver, and Secretary, Alade Lawal, in a statement on Tuesday accused the government of derailing the implementation of the minimum wage following the breakdown of talks between the union and the government team on the consequential adjustments.

“The Consequential Adjustment Committee two weeks ago agreed that the proposal of the TUS that the salary of officers on grade level 07 to 14 should be increased by 29 per cent and that of officers on grade level 15 to 17 by 24 per cent vis-a-vis that of government side of 10 per cent for officers on grade level 07 to 14, 5.5 per cent for those on grade level 15 to 17 should be forwarded to President Buhari to see the patriotic position of labour and approve appropriate consequential adjustment accordingly.

“When the meeting reconvened on September 16, the government officials brought a fresh proposal of 11 per cent pay rise for officers on grade level 07 to 14 instead of its earlier position of 10 per cent and 6.5 per cent for those on grade level 15 to 17 instead of the former 5.5 per cent” they said.

Speaking further, they said, “It is difficult to understand why the political appointees who cart millions of naira away every month are determined that Nigerian workers must not get N30,000 monthly minimum wage with fair consequential adjustment.”

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