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Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Signs Mou

After intensed negotiations on the implementation of the new minimum wage and consequential adjustments by both government and the organized Labour, both parties in Abuja yesterday  accented to a white paper to put to an end  the lingering crisis.

The meeting which started at 8:25pm yesterday lasted till the early hours of the morning owing to technical sessions saddled with the responsibility of studying the proposed documents.

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.

Dignitaries at the signing ceremony includes:
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

GOVERNMENT SIDE
Dr. Folasade. Yemi- Esan – Ag. Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
Mr. Ekpo Nta – Ag Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages
Commission (NSIWC)
William Nwankwo Alo – Permanent Secretary, Fed. Min. of Labour & Employment
(FML&E)
Sir Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle – Permanent Secretary General Services Office (GSO)
Office of the Secretary To The Government Of The Federation
Mr. B.O.C. Omogo – Director Organisational Development & Design (ODD) representing Permanent Secretary of OHSCF
Service Policy & Strategy Office (SPSO)
Mr. Olusanya Ajakaye – Secretary, National Assembly (NASS) Service Commission
Mr, Bassey E. Bassey – Secretary Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC)
Gideon Mitu – Director (Expenditure)- Social, Budget Office of the
Federation (BoF) representing Director General, Budget
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. Also in attendance for the organized Labour are: Com. Ayuba Wabba, mni (NLC President)
Com. Ameachi Asugwuni
Com. Emma. Ugboaja
Com. Ibrahim Khaleel, mni
Com. Marwan M, Adamu, mni
Com. Issa Aremu, mni

Trade Union Congress (TUC)
Com. Quadri A, Olaleye (TUC President) 
Com. Musa Lawal M. Ozigi, mni
Com. Musa M. Abbas
Com. Nuhu Toro

Following the threat by Organized Labour not to guarantee industrial harmony 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 with 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 and Consequential Adjustments in the Public Service were reached:

THE CONSEQUTIAL ADJUSTMENTS/INCREASE
Group 1 (CONPSS)
GL 07 = 23.2%
GL 08 = 20%
GL 09 = 19%
GL 10 – 14 = 16%
GL 15- 17 = 14%

Group 2 (CONHESS, CONRAISS, CONTISS II, CONUASS II, CONMESS. CONTEDISS & CONPCASS)
GL 7/Equivalent = 23.2%
GL 8-14/Equivalent = 16%
GL 15-17/Equivalent = 10.5%

Witnesses during the agreement signing are:

William Nwankwo Alo, Com. Ayuba Wabba, Sir Olusegun Adeyemi. 

Conciliators are: 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

Recall that recently, Com Joe Ajaero, President of Independent Labour Congress (ILC) pleaded with the federal government when his Association paid the ministry a courtesy call to ensure that both those in the private sector are beneficiaries of the new wage and consequential adjustments.

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