The Federal government and the organised Labour at the early hours of Friday signed an agreement on the consequential adjustment of the N30, 000 national minimum wage.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who is the arbiter between the two parties said implementation of the agreed minimum wage would commence immediately in both public and private employment.
President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2019 signed the minimum wage of N30, 000 from the earlier wage of N18, 000.
However, in adjusting the percentages of the new wage, the organised Labour earlier demanded 30 percent for workers on grade levels 07 to 14 and 25 percent for those on grade levels 15 to 17.
The workers later step down to 25 percent for the lower cadres of 07 to 14 and 20 percent for higher cadres of 15 to 17.
The Federal government on its part, earlier offered 11 percent for grade levels 07 to 14 and 6.5 percent for grade levels 15 to 17.
Both parties at the end of a three-day dialogue, agreed that the consequential adjustment agreed upon are 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 further disclosed that the third category of the country’s wage structure which are military and paramilitary officers were also factored in the agreement.
“Since they are not in the civil service , theirs will be communicated through the appropriate channels. Their percentages of increase is confidential,” he said.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba while responding said workers would now expect to have something they can rely on to be able to address some of the challenges the economy has posed.
He said the process of collective bargaining was a process of give and take, adding, “We’ve come to the end of the issue of consequential adjustment and both parties participated in the process and both parties made input.
“It was a collective process, part of the commitment we also made is also to see how workers can remain committed but importantly increase productivity that the citizens can appreciate, the fact that workers, when they are happy they can do more.”
The labour leader further said the template would be transmitted to states as a guide on her workers.