Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Again, FG, labour disagree over minimum wage

The new N30,000 National Minimum Wage has suffered another setback following minor changes at the end of the committee meeting held in Abuja, on Monday.

At the end of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) meeting which was chaired by the Head of service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-ita, both the federal government and the labour teams of the joint public service negotiating council only made minor adjustment to their earlier positions.

Both the government and the labour team have failed to reach an agreement over the relativity/consequential for the implementation of the new minimum wage.

In April, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the N30,000 national minimum wage, just as its implementation is yet to be effected five months after presidential assent.

It was gathered that the federal government decided to step up from 9.5 percent to 11 percent for grade levels 7 to 14 and 6.5 percent from 5.5 percent for levels 15 to 17.

Speaking on the changes, Simon Anchaver, the chairman of the organised Labour, said, “workers stepped down to 29 from 30 percent for grade levels 7 to 14 and 24 from 25 percent for levels 15 to 17.”

He added that the labour negotiating team has also resolved to write to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on their advice to consider an industrial action.

According to him, government’s delay is an invitation for industrial action noting that workers are already engulfed in fear and agitations whether their accumulated arrears will be paid when talks are finally concluded. He said just like the last inconclusive meeting, the two positions at the end of yesterday’s talks are expected to be presented to Mr President for further actions.


  1. This minimum wage is not up to what their children spend on clubs in one night. Still dey don't want common man to grow financially. SMH

    1. Don't mind them - bunch of old self centred, heartless leaders with no fear of God and interest of masses at heart. Just imagine senators at resumption without spending up to six months collected 25-30m each as welcome package for work yet undone and yet 30,000 naira (less than $100 a month) is extremely difficult by the govt of the day to pay. Y didn't u say there would b modalities during negotiations of the wage? Still u used this as one of ur campaign promises. Anyways we hand you so called leaders to Almighty God for His action upon you all.

  2. N30,000 is too small for this drag, Pay them

  3. Why is the government like this. How much is 30k to them? It is not up to the money they used to fuel their expensive cars

  4. Why is the government like this. How much is 30k to them? It is not up to the money they used to fuel their expensive cars