We Can’t Guarantee Industrial Peace Beyond 16 October Over Minimum Wage ― NLC, TUC Blows Hot

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The Organised Labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), rose from a crucial meeting with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC-Trade Union Side) warned the Federal Government that it cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the country, if their demands are not met at the close of work on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019.

In a statement released after the meeting on Wednesday evening, the organized labour demanded that the issue of consequential adjustment, which the government is using to delay the commencement of the N30,000 new minimum wage should be concluded within one week.

Besides, the organized Labour insisted on 29% consequential adjustment for workers on Grade Level 07-14; and 24% for workers on Grade Level 15-17; while it rejected the offer of 11% for public workers on salary grade level 07-14 and 6.5% for officers on level 15-17; offered by the government.
The statement was signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the TUC President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, the Acting Chairman, JNPSNC (Trade Union Side)​, Comrade Simon Anchaver ​​​and the JNPSNC, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal.

The statement said: “The offer by the government for salary adjustment of 11% for public workers on salary grade level 07-14 and 6.5% consequential increase for public workers on grade level 15 – 17 is not acceptable to Nigerian workers.

“We view the position of government as a show of insensitivity to the plight of workers and an attempt to collect with the left hand what government had offered with the right hand.

“We demand the reconvening of the meeting of the committee negotiating the consequential adjustment with a view to concluding the process that started on the 28th of May, 2019 within one week.

“Entering into an agreement with labour to the effect that salary of officers on grade 07-14 should be reviewed upward by 29% while that of officers on grade level 15-17 should be reviewed upwards by 24%; and Commence immediate implementation of the signed agreement on consequential adjustment of public workers’ salaries with effect from 18th of April 2019 when the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month was signed into law.”

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