Minimum wage: Labour says alleged agreement on percentage increase ‘mere speculation’
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Minimum wage: Labour says alleged agreement on percentage increase ‘mere speculation’

- A new development has emerged over the alleged agreement between the FG and organised labour over the minimum wage

- NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, faulted some media reports claiming an agreement had been reached by both parties

- Wabba described the reports as mere speculation saying, there is still an ongoing discussion on consequential adjustments, though there have been some agreements so far

The crisis over the full implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage may not be yet over as the president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, faulted some media reports claiming an agreement had been reached by both parties.

Wabba said reports claiming the federal government and Labour have agreed on 20% and 13.5% consequential adjustments for workers on Grade Levels 7-14 and 15-17 respectively are mere speculation.

Admitting that both parties have made some concessions, the labour leader said discussion on a definite agreement on the salary consequential adjustments were still ongoing.

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He said the organised labour would share the news when agreements were finally reached on the consequential adjustments.

“That is mere speculation, we should work on the basis of information that is credible and we will be able to give you that information at the appropriate time,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there have been reports claiming that the federal government had agreed to a 20% and 13.5% consequential adjustments for workers on Grade Levels 7- 14 and 15- 17 respectively.

Further faulting the report, Wabba said another meeting would be convened at 7pm on Thursday, October 17.

He said the proposed strike has been put on hold as the meeting is being on peacefully.

NAN also reports that the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, had earlier debunked the news report with the claim that an agreement had been finally reached, saying the discussion was still ongoing.

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Legit.ng notes that the organised labour wants 29% salary increase for Grades 07 to 14 and 24% adjustment for officers Levels 15 to 17 but the government wanted 11% salary and 6.5% for the two levels respectively.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the chairperson of the NLC, Lagos state chapter, Funmi Sessi, said workers were anxious to receive the new minimum wage without any further delay.

Sessi, who stated this on Thursday, October 17, said that payment of the new minimum wage would be a win-win situation not only for workers but also for the government.

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