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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
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100Level, Nigeria.
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The organised labour have alerted Nigerians
that plans were underway to embark on
industrial action if the current state of affairs
on the issue of consequential adjustment
arising from the new national Minimum wage
of N30,000 per month remains the same.




It is
operating under the aegis of the Trade Union
Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service
Negotiating Council (JNPSNC); the eight Unions
in the Public Services of the Federal and 36
State Governments. In a press statement in
Abuja on Monday, the TUS Acting Chairman,
Mr Anchaver Simon, and the Secretary, Mr
Alade Lawal, expressed disappointment by
government’s effort to derail the
implementation of a new National Minimum
Wage.

“As things are right now, the government side
is only prepared to pay peanuts to workers as
adjustment under the pretext that it will soon
be undertaking general salary review in the
Public Service.” The committee on
Consequential Adjustment of Salary agreed to
set up a technical body to work out different
scenarios in respect of salaries that would be
paid to workers who are in the Ministries,
Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that draw
their emoluments from the government
treasury. The technical committee met
severally and series of computations that were
to be presented for the plenary for
consideration were developed.

The labour leaders stated that the TUS had
initially proposed that since the minimum
wage was increased by 66.66 per cent; from
N18,000.000 to N30,000.00, salaries for
officers on Grade Levels 01-17 should be
adjusted accordingly to maintain the relativity
that exists in the salary structure in the Public
Service. “But when the Government side argued
that such increase across board would raise
the total wage bill too high, the TUS side
reviewed its demand downward and eventually
settled for 30 per cent for officers on Grade
Levels 07-14 and 25 per cent for those on
Grade Levels 15-17. “The Government side on
its part was insisting on 9.5 per cent salary
raise for employees on Grade Levels 07-14 and
5 per cent for those on Grade Levels 15-17.

“The two sides then agreed to capture the two
positions in the technical committee’s report
which will now be presented for discussion at
the plenary.” According to the TUS, it received
a rude shock at the last meeting of the
Technical Committee when the government
side began to hold on to a non-existent
position that the Technical Committee’s term
of reference was to base its assignment in
respect of salary adjustment on what was
provided for it in the 2019 budget.

It regretted that the implication of
Government’s position was that the Technical
Committee cannot go beyond what the
Government was pushing for which is 9.5 per
cent salary increase for officers on GL 07-14
and 5 per cent for those on GL 15-17. “With
this turn of event, it is quite clear now that
some fifth columnists in this administration are
hell bent on pushing President Muhammadu
Buhari to enter into a collision course with
millions of Nigerian workers in the Public
Service. This is very sad,” the Union stated.

The TUS recalled that after the Ama Pepple
committee recommended N30,000 monthly
new National Minimum Wage, the Government
Side went to the press to announce that the
negotiation was inconclusive. “This is why the
eight Trade Unions in the Public Service have
resolved that enough is enough and that if the
Federal Government fails to call its officials to
order and direct them to negotiate openly the
issue of Consequential Adjustment arising from
the new National Minimum Wage, millions of
workers at the Federal and 36 States Public
Services will have no other alternative than to
take some necessary Trade Union actions to
seek redress.

“The time for President Buhari to act is now,”
the Union emphasised. Meanwhile, a meeting
of officials of the TUS of the Joint National
Public Service Negotiating Council across the
Federation is being arranged with the sole aim
of setting the records straight. At the same
time TUS is preparing for appropriate Trade
Union measures to be deployed to get justice
for public service employees. (NAN)

Read more: www.dailytrust.com.ng/breaking-labour-plans-nationwide-strike-over-minimum-wage.html

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