The Federal Government and organised labour have finally reached an agreement on the percentage increase on the consequential adjustment in workers’ salaries for the payment of the N30, 000 minimum wage.
The agreement was reached in the early hours of Friday after a meeting that commenced on Thursday.
Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige announced the agreement in Abuja in the early hours of Friday, after a government team he led concluded its meeting with officials of the Organised Labour. According to Ngige, the consequential adjustment agreed upon is 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.”
The Minister noted that the third category of the country’s wage structure which are military and paramilitary officers were also factored into the agreement.
“Since they are not in the civil service, theirs will be communicated through the appropriate channels. Their percentages of increase are confidential,” he said.
Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, had earlier tweeted from the venue that both parties had reached an agreement, but he did not give details.
The tweet read, “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. News Express
Pix: Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige