BREAKING: Buhari’s FG, NLC, Enter Into Groundbreaking Agreement On Minimum Wage, After A 5-Hours Meeting

By Post-Nigeria: October 18, 2019 06:52

BREAKING: Buhari’s FG, NLC, Enter Into Groundbreaking Agreement On Minimum Wage, After A 5-Hours Meeting

After days of intense negotiations, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Labour Unions, have reached a deal on the implementation modality of the new minimum wage.
Recall, that the disagreement over how the new Minimum Wage Law signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, in April, would be implemented, had lingered for months, with the Organised Labour threatening to go on a strike.
The Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed the news of the much-awaited agreement, early on Friday morning, in Abuja, shortly after a government team which he led, concluded a meeting with Labour.
The meeting, which began at 8:24pm, on Thursday, ended at 3am, on Friday.
The disagreement centred around the consequential adjustments in salaries, that must be implemented across board, in line with the new Minimum Wage Law.
Labour is demanding a 29 percent salary increase for Officers on salary level 07 to 14, and 24 percent adjustment for Officers on salary grade level 15 to 17.
The Federal Government, however, offered 11 percent salary increase for Officers on grade level 07 to 14, and 6.5 percent adjustment for workers on grade level 15 to 17.
Speaking after the 5-hours meeting, Ngige said that the consequential adjustment agreed upon are as follows:
“For COMESS wage structure Grade level 7 gets 23 percent, Salary grade level 8 gets 20 percent, Salary grade level 9 gets 19 percent Salary grade level 10 -14 gets 16 percent while Salary grade level 15-17 gets 14 percent
“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.”
He stated 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.

BELOW IS THE FULL AGREEMENT REACHED BY BOTH PARTIES:
MEMORANDUM OF TERMS OF SETTLEMENT REACHED AT THE END OF THE CONCILIATION MEETINGS ON CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENTS OF THE OTHER WAGES FOLLOWING THE NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE OF N30, 000 HELD AT THE INSTANCE OF THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (HML&E) BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA AND ORGANISED LABOUR ON 9TH, 14TH, 15TH, 16TH ,17TH AND 18TH OCTOBER , 2019, AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE HONOURABLE MINISTER, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT, ABUJA.
PRESENT
CONCILIATORS
1. SEN. (DR) CHRIS NGIGE, OON – HON. MINISTER OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT – CHIEF CONCILIATOR
2. FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN – HON. MINISTER OF STATE, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT – DEPUTY CONCILIATOR
JOINT NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE NEGOTIATING COUNCIL (JNPSNC)
GOVERNMENT SIDE
i. Dr. Folasade. Yemi- Esan – Ag. Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
ii. Mr. Ekpo Nta – Ag Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC)
iii. William Nwankwo Alo – Permanent Secretary, Fed. Min. of Labour & Employment (FML&E)
iv. Sir Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle – Permanent Secretary General Services Office (GSO)
Office of the Secretary To The Government Of The Federation

v. Mr. B.O.C. Omogo – Director Organisational Development & Design (ODD) representing Permanent Secretary of OHSCF
Service Policy & Strategy Office (SPSO)
vi. Mr. Olusanya Ajakaye – Secretary, National Assembly (NASS) Service Commission
vii. Mr. Bassey E. Bassey – Secretary Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC)
viii. Gideon Mitu – Director (Expenditure) – Social, Budget Office of the
Federation (BoF) representing Director General, Budget
ix. Mr. Olusegun Olufehinti, (FCA) – Director, Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) representing Accountant General of the Federation
LABOUR
x. Com. Simon Anchaver
xii. Com. Lawal Alade Bashir
xiii. Com. Yahaya Y. Yashi
xiv. Com. John O. Ushie
xv. Com. T. A. Shettima
xvi. Com, Bobboi B. Kaigama
xvii. Com. Biobelemoye J. Josiah
xviii. Com. Amaechi Lawrence
IN ATTENDANCE
ORGANISED LABOUR
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
i. Com. Ayuba Wabba, mni
ii. Com. Ameachi Asugwuni
iii. Com. Emma. Ugboaja
iv. Com. Ibrahim Khaleel, mni
v. Com. Marwan M. Adamu, mni
vi. Com. Issa Aremu, mni
Trade Union Congress (TUC)
i. Com. Quadri A. Olaleye
ii. Com. Musa Lawal M. Ozigi, mni
iii. Com. Musa M. Abbas
iv. Com. Nuhu Toro

3. Following the threat by Organised Labour not to guarantee industrial peace after Wednesday, October 16, 2019, as a result of the deadlock in the ongoing negotiation on the Consequential Adjustment of emoluments in Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) arising from the New National Minimum Wage of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30, 000.00) as imbued in the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment in exercise of his powers under the Trade Dispute Act, CAP T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, apprehended the trade dispute and called the parties to conciliation meetings. He met each of the JNPSNC separately on Wednesday, 9th October and Monday 15th October, 2019, Thereafter, joint meetings were held on 16th, 17th and 18th of October, 2019, after which the following Terms of Settlement and Agreement pertaining to the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the Public Service were reached:
THE CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENTS/INCREASE
Group 1 (CONPSS)
• GL 07 = 23.2 percent 
• GL 08 = 20 percent 
• GL 09 = 19 percent 
• GL 10 – 14 = 16 percent 
• GL 15¬- 17 = 14 percent 
Group 2 (CONHESS, CONRAISS, CONTISS II, CONUASS II, CONMESS. CONTEDISS & CONPCASS)
• GL 7/Equivalent = 23.2 percent
• GL 8-14/Equivalent = 16 percent
• GL 15-17/Equivalent = 10.5 percent 
JOINT NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE NEGOTIATING COUNCIL
GOVERNMENT SIDE
Dr. Folasade Yemi – Esan, Ag. Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
Mr. Olusegun Olufehinti, (FCA), Director IPPIS, OAGF, (Fed. Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning)
LABOUR SIDE
Comrade Simon Anchave, Chairman JNPSNC
Comrade Lawal A. Bashir, Secretary General JNPSNC
WITNESSES
William Nwankwo Alo, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni, NLC President
Sir Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle,
Permanent Secretary, GSO
Com. Quadri A. Olaleye,  TUC President
CONCILIATORS
Festus Keyamo, SAN
Hon. Minister of State of Labour & Employment
Sen. (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, OON
Honourable Minister of Labour & Employment
Dated in Abuja, today, 18th Day of October, 2019.

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