Breaking: Finally, Labour/FG ‘agree’ on minimum wage

The federal government and the delegations of the organised labour Thursday evening reached a compromise over the consequential adjustment and implementation of the new National Minimum Wage, Blueprint can authoritatively report.

Organised labour arrived at exactly 7pm, at the federal Secretariat, the venue of the meeting, while the Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige who is chairing the session had arrived much earlier.

The meeting which was scheduled for 7pm started around 8:30pm and is still ongoing at the time of filing this report. 

An insider who is on the negotiation team, told Blueprint that so far government had up their game by offering the workers 23. 2 percent for grade level 07, 20 percent for workers on grade level 8, 19 percent for workers on grade level 9. 

For those on grade levels 10 to 14, government agreed to pay 16 percent and 13 percent for workers on grade levels 15 to 17.

The source told Blueprint that the organised Labour with the spirit of give and take accepted the offer. 

President Muhammadu Buhari in April signed into law the Minimum wage act 2019 of N30.000. With this agreement, the controversy about the minimum wage will be put to rest. 

The delegations of the organised labour on the negotiations on the day 3 was headed by NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba, TUC General Secretary Comrade Musa Lawal, the chairman of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) Simon Anchaver,  Secretary of the JNPSNC Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal. 

On the government side, the delegation was headed by the acting Head of Service of the Federation Folashade Yemi – Esan, Minister of Labour and Employment State Festus Keyamo, Permanent Secretary William Alo and the acting Head of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Ekpo Nta.

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