Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Union Finally in Agreement

By Onyekere Ifeanyi, The Sight News

The federal government and the organised labour union have agreed on the consequential adjustment on the new N30,000 minimum wage.

The agreement is coming few days after the labour union had set October 16, 2019, to down their tools, if no agreement was reached.

Announcing the agreement in the early hours of Friday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the consequential adjustment agreed upon are as follows:

“For COMESS wage structure Grade level 7 gets 23 per cent, salary grade level 8 gets 20 per cent, salary grade level 9 gets 19 per cent, salary grade level 10 -14 gets 16 per cent, while salary grade level 15 -17 gets 14 per cent.

“For those on the second category of wages structure, CONHES, CONRRISE, CONTISS etc, Level 7 gets 22.2 percent, Level 8 -14 gets 16 per cent , Level 15 -17 gets 10.5 percent.”

Ngige, noted that the third category of the country’s wage structure which are military and paramilitary officers were also included in the agreement.

According to him, “Since they are not in the civil service , theirs will be communicated through the appropriate channels. Their percentages of increase is confidential,” he remarked.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo had tweeted late on Thursday that both parties had reached an agreement.

His tweet reads, “After some delicate negotiations (with both ministers as conciliators), the government and labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000.

He further tweeted pictures of the terms of reference signed between the government and labour, revealing different percentages of adjustment in other wages after the minimum wage adjustment.


Corroborating the agreement, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) through its President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, and Secretary-General, Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi said: “We commend the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan and her team for their sincerity.

“Though they argued that government cannot afford to meet our earlier demand of N30, 000 minimum wage across board because of the economic situation in the country, but we made them understand that some people cannot be more Nigerian than others.

“If we are tightening our belts, government should also do so. By the agreement reached, the core civil servants—GL 7 (23.2%), GL 8—(20%), GL 9—(19%), GL 10-14— (16%) and GL 15-17—(14%).

“Others, GL -7 (23.2%) like above; 8-14 shall earn (16%) and 15-17 (10.5).

“As an organization and a major stakeholder in the Nigerian project we believe that the parties have done well. We shifted grounds and that is why we were able to resolve things without major injuries. It is a win—win situation.

“This is a unique agreement and we promise to build on that by God’s grace,” they ended.

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