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Buhari Approves Minimum Wage For Pensioners
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Buhari Approves Minimum Wage For Pensioners

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has approved the payment of new minimum wage to pensioners. The Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja. She said that with the presidential approval, PTAD had been empowered to start the upward adjustment of all pensioners’ benefits according to the approved template. Ejikeme said the adjustment of the new pension payment would start from May 2021 adding that the payment of the arrears would cover the period of the implementation of the minimum wage. “The arrears from April 2019 will be paid along with the pensioners’ monthly benefit starting from May 2021 payroll.” She said that on April 22, a statement was released ...
National Assembly Workers Issue Strike Notice Over Minimum Wage
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National Assembly Workers Issue Strike Notice Over Minimum Wage

Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission. It was jointly signed by Messrs Sunday Sabiyi and Ojemeri Oisameye, chairmen of the NASS and NASC chapters of PASSAN, respectively. The workers’ ultimatum to the management expired on March 18. PASAN, in another letter on Thursday, jointly signed by Sabiyi and Oisameye, and obtained by our correspondent, wondered why the management ignored its 21-day ultimatum. The workers, therefore, said they could not guarantee industrial harmony if at the end of their fresh 14-day strike notice, the management still ignored their demands.
FG, 36 States Can Conveniently Pay Minimum Wage If They Are Sincere – Bismarck Rewane
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FG, 36 States Can Conveniently Pay Minimum Wage If They Are Sincere – Bismarck Rewane

Bismarck Rewane, chairman of the Presidential Techni­cal Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the National Minimum Wage (PTAC), on Thursday, said both the Federal Government and state governments had no excuses not to pay the N30,000 minimum wage as they had the capacity to conveniently do so if they were willing. Rewane, an economic and financial expert, disclosed this while featuring as a guest on Channels Television pro­gramme ‘Politics Today’ mon­itored by Daily Independent. Nigerian workers, under the umbrella of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), had staged a nationwide pro­test, kicking against the plan by both the Federal and state governments to freely negoti­ate the minimum wage with their workers in line with the nation’s federal ...
Nine Governors Behind Attempt To Re-Classify Minimum Wage – NLC
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Nine Governors Behind Attempt To Re-Classify Minimum Wage – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused nine Governors of being behind attempts to move the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list. But the Congress leadership didn’t name the governors. Records from the NLC showed nine states -Taraba; Benue; Plateau; Kwara; Kogi; Cross River; Zamfara; Nasarawa, Abia were yet to commence payment of N30, 000 minimum wage – close to two years after the President signed the Act into law in 2019. The NLC described the nine governors as “anti-workers,” saying one of them is using the sponsor of the bill against the interests of Nigerian workers. Muhammad represents Sabon Gari Federal Constituency of Zaria, Kaduna in the House of Representatives. President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, stated these...
I Sponsored The Bill To Reduce Minimum Wage Because Govt Is Broke – Reps Member, Datti-Babawo
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I Sponsored The Bill To Reduce Minimum Wage Because Govt Is Broke – Reps Member, Datti-Babawo

FOLLOWING the protest by the National Labour Congress (NLC), Garba Datti-Babawo, a member of the House of Representatives representing Sabon Gari federal constituency, who sponsored a bill to move the national minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent list, has given reasons for presenting the bill before the National Assembly. According to Datti-Babawo, many state governments could not afford to pay the new 30,000 naira minimum wage to their workers which may lead to of retrenching workers if they were to pay. “Since it has been changed to 30,000 naira, you will find out that most of the states could not pay until the federal government intervened by giving them bailouts to pay. Now that there is no bailout, they cannot pay and most of the states are threate...
Minimum Wage: NLC To Embark On Nationwide Protest On Wednesday
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Minimum Wage: NLC To Embark On Nationwide Protest On Wednesday

THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and its allies will on Wednesday, embark on a nationwide protest over the alleged attempts by some elements at the National Assembly to remove the Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List. A statement from the NLC headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday stated that the mobilization will start from the Unity Fountain Abuja at 7:30 am to the National Assembly complex.
NLC Asks Members To Protest At NASS, State Assemblies Over Minimum Wage
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NLC Asks Members To Protest At NASS, State Assemblies Over Minimum Wage

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday directed its members across the country to occupy legislative houses from Wednesday next week. These include the National Assembly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as the Houses of Assembly in various states of the Federation. According to the labour body, the directive is to protest against a bill seeking to take the national minimum wage from the exclusive list and allow state governments to fix minimum wages for workers. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He noted that the bill if allowed to be passed into law, would enable authorities in the states to enslave their workers. Wabba explained that the directive was part of...
It will be illegal for SSANU and NASU to go ahead with its proposed strike – Ngige
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It will be illegal for SSANU and NASU to go ahead with its proposed strike – Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has described the proposed strike action by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities as illegal.   Ngige who asked the two unions to give the federal government three months to forward a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to cover arrears of the minimum wage that have not been paid to them, said it will be illegal for them to proceed on strike when discussions to sort out some of the contentious issues were still ongoing. The Minister warned that if the negotiation and what has been agreed is not obeyed, then the ministry might have to refer the dispute upwards from the industrial arbitration panel to the national industrial court.   He said; ...
Rapper, Soulja Boy accused of assault and sexual battery by former assistant
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Rapper, Soulja Boy accused of assault and sexual battery by former assistant

Soulja Boy has been sued for assault and sexual battery by his former assistant. According to Pitchfork, the American rapper, 30, is also being sued for false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, gender violence, a hostile work environment, failure to pay minimum wage, unpaid overtime and reimbursements, inaccurate wage statements, and more.   His accuser,  identified in court docs as Jane Doe claimed he hired her as his assistant in December 2018.   The woman said that the Kiss Me Thru the Phone rapper started sending her unsolicited images of his genitals.   The accuser said she later consensually went into a romance with him and they moved in together, but the relationship took a violent turn in January of 2019.   In the cour...
Reps May Allow States To Determine Minimum Wage
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Reps May Allow States To Determine Minimum Wage

The Federal Government may soon lose its exclusive power to negotiate and determine the minimum wage for workers across the three tiers of government. The House of Representatives is considering an amendment to the 1999 Constitution by removing matters relating to wages from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List. When a bill becomes law , respective states and local governments will determine different wages for their workers. The legislation is titled, ‘ A Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) to , Among Others, Transfer the Subject Matter of Minimum Wage Prescription from the Exclusive Legislative List Set Out Under Part I of the Second Schedule to the Concurrent Legislative List Set Out Un...
Switzerland Introduces ₦20.5Million Per Year Minimum Wage, Highest In The World
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Switzerland Introduces ₦20.5Million Per Year Minimum Wage, Highest In The World

Geneva is set to introduce 'the world's highest minimum wage' which will equate to £41,430 ($53,370) a year around £3,500 ($4,510) a month. The alterations, which had been rejected by voters twice before in both 2011 and 2014, will now come into effect from October 17. This is more than triple that in the United States, which operates at £5.63 ($7.25) per hour, and more than double the basic hourly rate in the United Kingdom of £8.72 ($11.23).
LASG Guarantees New Minimum Wage Next Month
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LASG Guarantees New Minimum Wage Next Month

The Lagos State Government has promised to pay the new minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in the state with effect from October. Some unions in the tertiary institutions had staged protests on Monday. All the executive of the unions met with the Lagos State Government Tuesday. A statement by the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had pledged to commence payment of the new minimum wage/consequential adjustments to the tertiary institution workers. “Following a meeting of relevant stakeholders on the agitations for the implementation of the new minimum wage held on Tuesday 15, 2020, it is hereby notified that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has affirmed the state government’s commitment to paying the ne...
Minimum Wage: Ogun Workers Threaten Strike, Give Abiodun 14-Day Ultimatum
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Minimum Wage: Ogun Workers Threaten Strike, Give Abiodun 14-Day Ultimatum

The organised labour in Ogun State on Wednesday gave the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, a 14-day ultimatum over the non-payment of the negotiated new minimum wage. Rising from an emergency meeting of the State Organised Labour held at the Nigeria Labour Congress’ State Secretariat, Abeokuta, the labour leaders, threatened industrial action if the governor failed to address the issues within the period given. The union lamented over what it called the dysfunctional Contributory Pension Scheme, totalling 134 months deducted from workers’ salaries and unremitted; non-promotion of staff since 2018 and unpaid leave allowances to all employees, both of the State and of the Local Governments since 2015. This was contained in a letter addressed to the governor titled “Declaration of Trad...
Adamawa Unable To Pay March Salary, N32,000 Minimum Wage Due To COVID-19
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Adamawa Unable To Pay March Salary, N32,000 Minimum Wage Due To COVID-19

The Adamawa State Government has said due to the economic crunch imposed by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, it is unable to pay March salary. In a press statement signed by the governor’s Director of Communication and Media, Mr Solomon Kumangar said the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the government from paying the consequential adjustment of the national minimum wage agreed upon and duly signed with the joint trade unions. The statement further said that the government is committed to paying the consequential adjustment with the backlog/arrears as soon as COVID-19 and its negative economic implications abate. “It should be noted that the government decided on this and other cost-saving measures to enable it to undertake basic services. “Finally, the government assures that t...
16 States Now Pay Minimum Wage – NLC
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16 States Now Pay Minimum Wage – NLC

About sixteen states have completed negotiations on consequential adjustments and started paying the N30, 000 minimum wage to workers, the Nigeria Labour Congress has said. The states include Lagos, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Jigawa, Yobe, Katsina, Ondo, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna, Bayelsa, FCT, Anambra and Akwa – Ibom. NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba disclosed this during a meeting with members of the National Administrative Council (NAC) on Tuesday in Abuja. The NAC also discussed the security challenge in the country, the decision of the Federal Government to borrow N2tn from the Pension Fund and casualisation of workers, especially by banks. He said organised labour was not consulted on the decision of the government to borrow from the money. Wabba said the union...
Enugu State Government Approves 30,000 Minimum Wage
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Enugu State Government Approves 30,000 Minimum Wage

Following the submission of the report of the joint committee of labour and the state government set up by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for the negotiation of the consequential adjustment of the N30,000 Minimum Wage, the Enugu State Executive Council (EXCO) has approved the payment of the new wage for the state workers with effect from February 2020. Briefing newsmen at the Government House, Enugu, after a meeting with the Council, the leadership of the Organized Labour led by the Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe, said that the EXCO’s approval was a product of collective bargaining between the labour and the state government. Comrade Igbokwe, who noted that this is the first time the labour was involved in the issue of Minim...
Obaseki commences payment of N30,000 minimum wage
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Obaseki commences payment of N30,000 minimum wage

The Edo State Government has commenced the payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state with the adjustment of the government’s payroll, among other modalities concluded for workers to receive the new wage starting from January 2020. Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this in a statement, in Benin City, on Tuesday, noting that Governor Godwin Obaseki reiterated the commencement of the new wage in his new year broadcast. Osagie said though modalities for the payment of the new minimum wage was finalised during the preparation of the 2020 budget, the governor in his new year message made it clear that the payment would commence in January 2020. According to him, “The Governor Godwin Obasek...
20 States Cut 2020 Budgets By N733bn Despite Minimum Wage Agreement
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20 States Cut 2020 Budgets By N733bn Despite Minimum Wage Agreement

Despite the agreement on the payment of N30,000 minimum wage in 2020, an analysis by Daily Trust shows that 20 states have reduced their 2020 budgets. The federal government and labour had on October 18 announced an agreement on the implementation of the new wage. The agreement over consequential adjustments averted a strike that labour had threatened to call should government further delay the take-off of the new minimum wage. The battle for the full implementation of the new minimum wage has moved to the states following the federal government’s conclusion of negotiations on consequential adjustments of salaries of higher income earners with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council. Under the agreement, workers on salary Grade Level 07 received 23.2 per cent pay ...
Ganduje Agrees To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage From December 2019
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Ganduje Agrees To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage From December 2019

The Kano State Government has agreed to commence payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage from December 2019 while arrears of April – November 2019 would be paid in installments over time. President Muhammadu Buhari on April, 18 signed the new minimum wage bill after the passage by the National Assembly. A statement issued and signed by Kano State Council Public Relations Officer, Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC) Comrade Magaji Muhammad Inuwa that was made available to newsmen in Kano on Sunday said the agreement of the consequential salary increment arising from the N30,000 national minimum wage was signed by the state government representatives and the workers Union last Thursday, December 19th. The statement applauds the state government for agreeing to commence th...
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Minimum Wage: Ogun Workers To Start 2-Day Warning Strike On Thursday

Workers in Ogun State have announced the commencement of a two-day warning strike on Thursday to protest the failure of the state government to negotiate the implementation of the new minimum wage with them. The workers, under the aegis of Organised Labour in the state, said their colleagues in the state and local government civil/public services would proceed on the warning strike from Thursday and Friday. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the chairman of Trade Union Congress, Olubunmi Fajobi, his counterpart in the Nigeria Labour Congress, Bankole Emmanuel; Chairman, Joint National Congress, Folorunsho Olanrewaju, and the Coordinating Secretary, Adebiyi Olusegun. In the notice of strike sent to the governor and obtained by our correspondent, the workers threa...
Corpers To Enjoy Minimum Wage From 2020 Budget – Sunday Dare
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Corpers To Enjoy Minimum Wage From 2020 Budget – Sunday Dare

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said serving corps members of the National Youth Service Corps will enjoy increased allowance as a result of the N30, 000 minimum wage from next year. The minister said that increase in the allowances earned by corps members have been captured in the 2020 budget recently passed by the National Assembly. Dare spoke during a visit to the orientation camp of the NYSC in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos state. In a statement by his media office in Abuja on Wednesday, Dare assured the corps members that the increase will be effected once it is signed into law. Dare said the over 350, 000 youth that pass through the NYSC yearly are essential to the success of any change agenda for the present and future generations. “I have alwa...
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Minimum Wage: Obaseki Says N30,000 Not Enough To Take Workers Home

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday said the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000 is not enough to take workers home. Obaseki disclosed this while delivering his address at the 7th Quadrennial National Delegates conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held in Abuja. Though Edo state currently has a minimum wage of N25,000, he said N30,000 won’t be a problem noting that “N30,000 is not enough for workers as take home.” He also stated that strong institutions are the corner stone of any stable government in a developed country adding that for Nigeria to meet world best practices, “funding of education, healthcare research institutions and other social services are critical functions of the states; functions that must be prioritised because it is foundational to the ...
FG Releases Circular On Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustment
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FG Releases Circular On Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustment

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan, Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo, Hammed Shittu in Ilorin, Francis Sardauna in Katsina, Daji Sani in Yola, and Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki. The federal government has finally released the circular on the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage to federal workers, setting the stage for the labour unions in the states to commence the negotiations on consequential adjustment to the new wage, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed. THISDAY gathered that the circular, which originated from the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, was released at the weekend. While Katsina and Borno States chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have confirmed that they had received the circular of the new minimum wage consequential ...
Lagos To Begin Payment Of N35,000 Minimum Wage November; See New Salary Scale
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Lagos To Begin Payment Of N35,000 Minimum Wage November; See New Salary Scale

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has concluded arrangement to pay N35,000 as the new minimum wage for workers beginning from November, 2019. The decision was arrived at after series of meetings and discussions between the Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) and Lagos State Government as witnessed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on the payment of the New Minimum Wage to Lagos State Public Sector Workers on Friday. Comrade Rasaq Adio Falade, State Chairman, JNC said necessary terms of settlement and agreement were reached after the end of the meeting on Friday. The National Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (NJPSNC) and the Federal Government’s Negotiations and Consequential Adjustment of Salaries had produc...
Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors
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Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors

Negotiations over consequential salary adjustments on the N 30,000 minimum wage may run into a storm in states as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Monday said states would not pay above their capacities . The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who stated this after the forum’s meeting in Abuja said the Federal Executive Council could not decide for states . But organised labour lashed out at the NGF chairman and warned him against statements that could trigger industrial crises in states. Fayemi said the governors , at their meeting , reviewed progress in the implementation of the minimum wage law . Clarifying the forum’s position and FEC ’s decision, Fayemi said that while state governors agreed on the N 30, 000 minimum wage, FEC did not determine wh...
Minimum Wage: NLC Directs States To Negotiate Consequential Adjustments
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Minimum Wage: NLC Directs States To Negotiate Consequential Adjustments

The National leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has directed its state chapters to immediately commence negotiations with their state governments to arrive at consequential adjustments on the N30,000 new minimum wage. The labour parent body, however, asked the state chapters to await the table which will be drawn by the federal government in line with the recent agreement with labour on the consequential adjustments. Deputy National President of NLC, Comrade Amaechi Asuguni, gave the directive as the outcome of NLC 2019 National Leadership Retreat that ended in Enugu yesterday. Asuguni said that the national leadership of NLC will also send monitoring committees to states to entire standardized agreements so that no state will shortchange others, even there would be minor diffe...
FEC Directs Minimum Wage Payment On Or Before December 31
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FEC Directs Minimum Wage Payment On Or Before December 31

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, to effect payment of the new minimum wage on or before 31st December, 2019. This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, at the end of FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Abuja. He also said FEC approved the minimum wage to take effect from 18 April 2019.
Minimum Wage: Labour Demands Payment Of Five-month Arrears
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Minimum Wage: Labour Demands Payment Of Five-month Arrears

The Trade Union Congress side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council on Monday called on the Federal Government to pay five months arrears of the new minimum wage dating back to April 18, 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law . The government and organised labour came to an agreement on the new minimum wage on Friday, 182 days after Buhari had signed the bill. Both parties agreed on 23. 2 percentage increase for workers at grade level 07 ; 20 per cent for those at grade level 08 ; 19 per cent for workers at grade level 09; 16 per cent for those at grade levels 10 to 14; and 14 per cent for workers at grade levels 15 to 17. In a statement by the acting Chairman of the union , Anchaver Simon, and the Secretary, Alade Lawal , the w...
Minimum Wage: Labour Suspends Planned Strike As Talks Continue Today
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Minimum Wage: Labour Suspends Planned Strike As Talks Continue Today

Organised labour on Tuesday demanded documents from the Federal Government to support its claims during a negotiation on the consequential adjustments on the New National Minimum Wage. Labour suspended its planned strike as both sides agreed to continue negotiations today (Wednesday). The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, at the opening of the meeting, said the demand of the workers before the negotiation would shut down the economy. But a source at the five hours meeting, which started at 2.45pm, confided in our correspondent that the labour leaders and the government’s representatives made concessions. He added that they failed to reach a definite agreement on the salary adjustments. Before the meeting, labour was demanding 29 per cent salary increase for off...
Minimum Wage Not General Salary Review, FG Tells Labour
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Minimum Wage Not General Salary Review, FG Tells Labour

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the Federal Government (FG) had yet to commence total implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 to all categories of workers because organised labour mistakenly saw consequential adjustment in salary as total salary review. Ngige spoke on Thursday when the Director General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, Timothy Olawale, led a delegation from the association to the minister’s office in Abuja. Also at the event was the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN). This is coming a few days before negotiation begins again between the FG and organised labour after labour issued a notice that strike could be imminent if the FG failed to accept its demands on consequential adjust...
IMF Says Nigerian Government Dependent On Expensive Borrowing
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IMF Says Nigerian Government Dependent On Expensive Borrowing

The International Monetary Fund has said that Nigeria’s “over-Optimistic” revenue assumptions has made the government dependent on expensive borrowing from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The IMF stated that plans to increase Value Added Tax and minimum wage would also halt the current deceleration of the country’s inflation rate. A statement by the IMF said, “Over-optimistic revenue projections have led to higher financing needs than initially envisaged, resulting in over-reliance on the expensive borrowing from the central bank to finance the deficit. “Inflation will likely pick up in 2020 following rising minimum wages and a higher VAT rate, despite a tight monetary policy.” In the spending plan for 2020 released by President Muhammadu Buhari, the government intends to incr...
Lagos Workers Push For N50,000 Minimum Wage
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Lagos Workers Push For N50,000 Minimum Wage

Workers in Lagos State, yesterday, said they would receive nothing less than N50,000, even as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) demanded payment of N30,000 national wage by October end. Addressing workers who gathered in front of the Lagos State House of Assembly after a peaceful march from Ikeja under bridge, NLC Lagos State Chairman, Funmi Sessi, said the special nature of Lagos called for the new demand. She explained that the fresh demand was coming as part of the workers request to mark the World Day for Decent Work which is celebrated every October 7 worldwide. The workers had marched through Obafemi Awolowo way to the Alausa Secretariat brandishing placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Employers: Respect workers rights to join union’; ‘We have the right to good wage, dec...
Minimum Wage: There’ll Be No Warning Strike, Labour Tells Govt
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Minimum Wage: There’ll Be No Warning Strike, Labour Tells Govt

The President of Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, said organised labour would not go on a warning strike before the main industrial action, if government failed to meet workers’ demand on the implementation of the new minimum wage by the close of work on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. In a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of leaders of labour unions on Tuesday in Abuja, organised labour had said it would not guarantee industrial peace in Nigeria, if the Federal Government failed to hold a meeting with labour and accept its demand on the consequential salary adjustment arising from the new minimum wage. Labour said it had demonstrated a great deal of restraint, consideration and patience with government in arriving at the demand of 29% salary increase for officers on s...
El-Rufai Responds To A Tweet Asking Him To Employ Shehu Sani
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El-Rufai Responds To A Tweet Asking Him To Employ Shehu Sani

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai has mocked Senator Shehu Sani over a minimum wage tweet about the state government. Recall we reported last night that the Kaduna State government had begun the full implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage. But reacting to the development, Sani, a former Senator representing Kaduna Central tagged the payment as a “fraud”. “Any payment of minimum wage by any state not in accordance with the template of the new minimum wage act is simply a fraud.Selective,manipulative and dubious payment is simply a deceit.Confirm full compliance from the NLC & the TUC first not from politicians”, tweeted Sani. Commenting, however, a Kaduna resident tagged Governor El-Rufai to the tweet, asking him to start paying Sani the new minimum wage ...
FG Has Started Paying N30,000 Minimum Wage – Ngige
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FG Has Started Paying N30,000 Minimum Wage – Ngige

Nigeria Minister for Labour and Productivity. Dr. Chris Ngige said that junior workers in the employment of the Federal Government have started receiving the N30,000 minimum wage, Igberetv reports. Ngige, who spoke in Enugu, this weekend said the payment to levels 1 to 6 commenced last month. His claim was corroborated by the National President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) and a member of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council Mr. Lawrence Amaechi. According to Amaechi, the junior workers received the new wage as their August salary. The minister dismissed the claim by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) that the Federal Government was reluctant to pay the new minimum wage, which was signed into law in April by President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister s...
Minimum Wage: Only President Buhari Can Stop Planned Strike – Labour
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Minimum Wage: Only President Buhari Can Stop Planned Strike – Labour

Organised Labour has said only the personal intervention by President Muhammadu Buhari can stop the planned nationwide strike over consequential adjustment arising from the N30,000 new minimum wage. Speaking to Vanguard, Secretary to the Trade Union Side, TUS, of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, JNPSNC, Alade Bashir Lawal, said organs of various public sector unions were already meeting and leaders were also reaching out to other section of Labour movement and civil society allies for support. Lawal, who is also the Secretary-General of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, informed that mobilisation ahead of the strike had heightened and very soon the nationwide would commence. He accused some members of the government side in the J...
Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Meeting End In Deadlock Again
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Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Meeting End In Deadlock Again

The discussions between the Federal Government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council over the N30,000 national minimum wage ended in a deadlock again as both parties refused to shift ground. A source in the labour movement said after the meeting held on Monday that the representatives of government were not serious. The PUNCH reported that although Buhari had signed a new minimum wage into law on April 18, 2019, the negotiations between the Federal Government and the JNPSNC had earlier broken down due to unresolved irreconcilable differences in their proposals. The last negotiation which was supposed to hold on September 4, was suspended on Tuesday last week and rescheduled to hold on Monday September 16 at the instance of the officials. While the Federa...
Minimum Wage: Labour, FG Resume Negotiation
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Minimum Wage: Labour, FG Resume Negotiation

The General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said on Saturday that the Federal Government and labour representatives on the technical committee set up to negotiate consequential increase arising from the new minimum wage would resume negotiation this week. After negotiation broke down between the government and labour on what workers at various grade levels would get as salary increase, the NLC, Trade Union Congress and the Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council wrote separate letters to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, complaining of introduction of new terms of reference by the Federal Government team that were not in the document presented by the SGF when he inaugurated the negotiating committee on May 14, 2019. ...
FG, Roll Out New Salary Table
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FG, Roll Out New Salary Table

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the implementation of the newly approved minimum wage of N30,000 to all federal government workers who earn below the amount. But the announcement, rather than elicit joy, dampened the spirit of workers across the country as it fell short of their expectations. The President’s order was disclosed by the Executive Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission [NSIWC] Dr. Richard Onwuka Egbule at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday. He said based on the president’s approval, implementation takes effect from April 18, 2019. Egbule said civil servants affected are only those who earn less than N30,000 monthly and no federal government staffer will earn less than N30,000 per month. He also said salary structures affected inclu...
Minimum Wage: We Are No Longer Sure Of FG’s Commitment – TUC
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Minimum Wage: We Are No Longer Sure Of FG’s Commitment – TUC

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has said it no longer trusts the Federal Government’s commitment to the implementation of N30,000 as minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Besides, the union said with the signing of the African Continental Trade Area (AFCFTA) by President Muhammadu Buhari recently, Nigeria may become a dumping ground of foreign goods. The union’s President, Mr. Quadri Olaleye, who noted this in Lagos at the weekend said the union was disturbed that the enthusiasm that greeted the signing into law of the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was fast turning into a nightmare. Mr. Olaleye said, “From the look of things, it appears the Federal Government is not committed to implementing the new minimum wage arrangement going by the way its representatives in the commit...
The Story Of Busola Dakolo’s Unknown ‘Cousin’
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The Story Of Busola Dakolo’s Unknown ‘Cousin’

Busola Dakolo has a cousin she has never met and might never even meet. They don’t share blood ties, of course. But like tens of hundreds of victims of s*xual abuse, there’s a common thread of grief that binds in a way that only those who feel it know. Since last week, we have been caught in the throes of the grievous charges of s*xual predation levied against the pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo, by Mrs. Dakolo. It’s a sad and pathetic story which has left its victim scarred for nearly 20 years, until recently when she summoned the courage to confront the demon. But this other victim, whom I described as Dakolo’s unknown cousin, may never be able to tell her own story. Not now, maybe never. I may never even have been able tell this story for her, i...
Minimum Wage: Details Of Lawan, NLC Meeting Over Nationwide Strike
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Minimum Wage: Details Of Lawan, NLC Meeting Over Nationwide Strike

President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) to shelve its proposed industrial action over alleged delay in implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage. Lawan made the appeal when the executives of the NLC and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, (PASAN) led by Mr Ayuba Waba and Sunday Sabiyi paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. Lawan called for further understanding and patriotism, adding that some states had started paying the agreed minimum wage. “We should not encourage personal issue to overshadow our collective responsibility to nation building. “We will journey with you to ensure absolute implementation of the minimum wage by the Federal government,” Lawan pleaded. He also assured PASAN to collaborate...
Minimum Wage: Labour may go on nationwide strike
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Minimum Wage: Labour may go on nationwide strike

The Organised Labour have alerted plans were underway to embark on industrial action if the current state of affairs as regards the issue of consequential adjustment arising from the new national Minimum wage of N30,000 per month remains the same. It is operating under the aegis of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC); the eight Unions in the Public Services of the Federal and 36 State Governments. In a statement in Abuja on Monday, the TUS Acting Chairman, Mr Anchaver Simon and the Secretary, Mr Alade Lawal, expressed disappointment by government’s effort to derail the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage. “As things are right now, the government side is only prepared to pay peanuts to workers as adjustment under th...
Minimum Wage: Labour Rejects FG’s Proposal
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Minimum Wage: Labour Rejects FG’s Proposal

The negotiation committee set up by the Federal Government to negotiate the consequential adjustment arising from the N30,000 new minimum wage has rejected what the government is offering. The committee, which was inaugurated on May 14, has also failed to meet the four-week deadline to submit its report. However, members met twice last week with the enlarged membership collapsed into one technical committee of six members each from both sides. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, who was appointed as chairman of the panel, stepped down for the chairman of the National Wages, Salaries and Income Commission to head the technical committee. A principal officer of a labour union, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said govern...
Oluwafunmilayo Sesi-Akinsanmi: How I defeated five men and lost my home
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Oluwafunmilayo Sesi-Akinsanmi: How I defeated five men and lost my home

Comrade Oluwafunmilayo Sesi-Akinsanmi is the newly elected chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos State and former chairperson, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU), Lagos State University (LASU) Chapter for about eight years. In this interview with Omolara Akintoye, she speaks about the challenges encountered before she was elected, her plans for Lagos State workers, and why the minimum wage is not negotiable, among others. What has this position cost you? I was involved in activism right from my Nursing School days and I would say that I imbibed the spirit of activism from my mom. She was a great politician of her time. I also have some traits that I took from my father which is the fact that justice must prevail at all times, even if you are killing hi...
The New Minimum Wage Will Be Paid From This Date – Ngige Reveals
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The New Minimum Wage Will Be Paid From This Date – Ngige Reveals

Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has said the new minimum wage will take effect from April 18, 2019, when it was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. Punch Metro reports. The Federal Government on May 14, 2019 inaugurated a committee to negotiate the consequential adjustment in salaries arising from the minimum wage, with the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, appointed as chairman. While speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, Ngige said whenever the new wage was to be implemented, it would be done in arrears to reflect the date it was signed by Buhari. He also said that state governors were bound by the new law to pay the amount. He said, “It is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay. Issue of t...
FG Gives Update On New Minimum Wage Implementation (Read Details
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FG Gives Update On New Minimum Wage Implementation (Read Details

The Federal Government will, on Tuesday in Abuja, inaugurate the N30,000 new national minimum wage implementation committee, almost one month after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law. Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage. Ngige did not state when government would start payment but said that arrears would be paid anytime implementation of the new wage began. He said there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation, even though it had been passed and signed into law. “It is a whole process and the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation,” the minister said. He s...
Minimum Wage: FG Gives Committee 4 Weeks To Adjust Workers’ Salaries
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Minimum Wage: FG Gives Committee 4 Weeks To Adjust Workers’ Salaries

The Federal Government yesterday inaugurated a 22-man committee to negotiate the consequential adjustment in salaries arising from the new national minimum wage. President Muhammadu Buhari had before the passage of the new minimum wage bill stated that the salaries of all those earning above the minimum wage would be reviewed. The inauguration of the committee by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, came one month after President Buhari signed the national minimum wage bill into law. The committee, which has four weeks to conclude and submit its reports, is chaired by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita. The SGF will also serve as the Alternate Chairman. The members of the committee from ...
APC Attacks Oyo Governor-Elect For Saying He Can’t Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage
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APC Attacks Oyo Governor-Elect For Saying He Can’t Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, has said that the state’s Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde is being haunted by his attempt to renege on his electioneering electoral promises. The party added that it is too early for Makinde to renege on his electoral promises and admonished him to focus on the art of governance and work towards fulfilling his electoral promises. The APC was reacting to Makinde’s reported expression of difficulty in the payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage when he assumes office on May 29. The Publicity Secretary of the party, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, in a press release on Thursday claimed the governor elect was trying to stave off criticism on his unpreparedness to govern Oyo State. The press release, reads: “Makinde said during his electora...
I Will Increase Minimum Wage If We Improve On Revenue – Obaseki Tells Workers
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I Will Increase Minimum Wage If We Improve On Revenue – Obaseki Tells Workers

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has promised to increase the new minimum wage recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari. He revealed this during a rally to mark the 2019 May Day celebration which held at the University of Benin Sports Complex in Benin City, the state capital. Speaking on the theme, “Another 100 years of struggle for jobs, dignity and social justice in Nigeria,” the governor noted that the increment would take place if the workers work hard to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

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