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Labour Tasks FG On Prompt Implementation Of New Minimum Wage

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Organised Labour under the aegis of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) has implored the Federal Government to take urgent steps to kick-start negotiation with the Joint Council on the issue of consequential adjustments arising from the new National Minimum Wage.

In a press statement issued in Lagos yesterday, the chairman of the TUS, Comrade Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji, and the Secretary, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal,  emphasized that now that the N30,000 monthly minimum wage bill has been signed into law, millions of workers especially civil servants, were hopeful that implementation of the new salaries would commence immediately.

“This is the more reason why we urge the federal government to immediately meet with the Trade Union Side of the Joint Council to work out the consequential adjustments and produce a fresh salary structure in line with the new National Minimum Wage,” the union stated.

According to the labour leaders, the normal practice is that once a new minimum wage is fixed, a fresh salary table is generated so that employees in all Salary Grade Levels will benefit from the new emoluments.

“This is the standard practice all over the world and Nigeria should not be an exception,” they added.

According to the TUS, the generation of a fresh salary table in line with the new minimum wage would also prevent distortion and overlapping.

The TUS recalled that after the 2011 National Minimum Wage was fixed, the consequential adjustment was not properly handled.

“Instead, the government decided to award N900 across board for all the other grade levels in the civil service thereby distorting the salary chart. This led to a lot of crisis, a scenario that should not be allowed to repeat itself this time around.

“The overnment should not continue to generate avoidable crisis in the civil service and this is why we are now urging it to do the needful by urgently inviting the Joint Council with a view to commencing negotiation on a new salary table that will meet the aspirations of workers,” the union stated.

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