Minimum Wage: Nigerian Govt, Labour Reach Agreement On Implementation of N30,000

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Nigerian government and the labour organisation have reached an agreement on the realisation of the new minimum wage after three days of talks that ran through nights and ended in the early hours of Friday.

According to reports, the meeting that started around 7 pm on Thursday and ended after 2 am on Friday, as both sides finally agreed on the percentage increase for grade levels seven to 17.

The adjustments for the various wages structures were decided as follows:

COMESS wage structure

Grade level seven= 23 percent, level 8=20 percent, level 9=19 percent, level 10 -14 = 16 percent, level 15-17=14 percent.

CONHES, CONRRISE, CONTISS, etc

Level 7= 22.2 percent

Level 8-14 = 16 percent

Level 15-17 = 10.5 percent

The meeting also increased the salaries of military and paramilitary officers, but the percentages were kept confidential.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the details of the increase will be communicated to the military and paramilitary organisations through the appropriate channels.

Dr Ngige expects the adjustments to be implemented immediately.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, had first tweeted about a breakthrough in the talks around 10 pm on Thursday.

The talks between the Federal Government and labour leaders, which started on Monday, had helped to prevent workers from embarking on a nationwide industrial action.

After failing to reach an agreement with the government on the full implementation of the new minimum wage, more than five months after it was signed into law, labour issued a two-week ultimatum to the government.

The source of disagreement was the percentage for the consequential wage increase for workers based on the new minimum of N30,000.

Organised labour had initially demanded a 66 percent salary increase for workers on levels seven to 17. It later reduced the percentage downward to 29 percent for levels seven – 14 and 24 percent for levels 15 to 17.




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