- The process of the federal govt’s implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage has been explained by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige
- The minister pointed out that the implementation is a consequential adjustment, and not a general wage review
- Ngige further explained that a presidential committee on salaries had been put together by the government, in anticipation of a general wage review
The process of the federal government’s implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage has been explained by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige.
Ngige confirmed that while the new minimum wage has been implemented for workers on grade level 1 to 7, that of those on levels 7- 17 are being considered as negotiations continue, Channels reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the minister pointed out that the implementation is a consequential adjustment, because as those at the lowest rungs of the ladder begin to earn N30,000, their salaries will impinge into salaries of levels 6/7 workers.
Ngige said the situation will of necessity, give way to a “collective bargaining” process.
He pointed out that the current implementation is “not a general wage review”.
The minister further explained that a presidential committee on salaries had been put together by the federal government, in anticipation of a general wage review.
The chairman of the committee is the minister of finance, who would be assisted by Ngige and other ministers.
He said: “We are putting a report to the government on a general wage review because there are some agencies of government that the salaries of people on the same level with those in pure civil service, when compared, the man in that agency is earning times three, 300 percent of what the person is earning.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership insisted that mobilisation for a strike action continues, despite the ongoing talks with the federal government.
The development was made public by the NLC’s deputy president, Amaechi Asugwuini, following a two-hour meeting with the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja.
Asugwuni stated that the labour unions will only back down if a consensus is reached at the joint negotiating meeting with government on Tuesday, October 15.
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