Minimum Wage: Labour slams alleged agreement on increase as ‘speculation’

Minimum Wage: Labour slams alleged agreement on increase as ‘speculation’

The President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Dr Ayuba Wabba, has slammed reports of an agreement in minimum wage adjustment as mere speculations.

It was reported earlier that a 20 per cent and 13.5 per cent consequential adjustments for workers on Grade Levels 7-14 and 15-17 respectively was agreed between the organized labour and the federal government.

At the minimum wage meeting, Wabba said although organised labour and the government’s representatives have made concessions, they were both discussing to reach a definite agreement on the salary adjustments.

“We have made progress in many areas, the areas we are talking is that of implementation and the consequential adjustment, that is the only subject matter that is under consideration and that is the subject matter we are trying to conclude and ensure that there is an agreement and then we can share with you.

“That is mere speculation, we should work on the basis of information that is credible and we will be able to give you that information at the appropriate time.”

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1st News had reported there have been ongoing reports of Federal Government agreeing to a 20 per cent and 13.5 per cent consequential adjustments for workers on Grade Levels 7- 14 and 15- 17 respectively.

Wabba said both parties were still consulting on some grey areas and saw the need to adjourn till later Thursday, October 17, to allow for those given assignment on both sides to get back to the larger house.

“Finally, we agreed on so many areas, which hitherto we could not agree on, and we’re adjourning the meeting, we’re giving assignment to some people on both sides and we’ll go and do the work and get back to us.

“Therefore we have consensually agreed that we will reconvene this meeting at 7 p.m. today (Thursday), like I said earlier, those that were given assignment to complete their assignment and bring them back to us.

“Meeting has been moving on smoothly, as you can see from here, there is progress, it is very cordial, nobody is fighting.

“Some committees need to do some computation, you can see that they have worked up to the early hours of today, that is, in the true spirit of collective bargaining is give and take and that is what we’re trying to do and ensure that we get the process concluded.”

On whether Nigerians should stay at home for the proposed strike, Wabba said with collective bargaining still in progress, embarking on strike was not the practice.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Festus Keyamo, had earlier debunked the trending story that the Federal Government had agreed to labour’s position on consequential adjustment on minimum wage.

“Kindly ignore the trending story that the Federal Government has agreed with Labour a 20 per cent and 13.5 per cent consequential adjustments for workers on Grade Levels 7- 14 and 15- 17 respectively. As you can see, we are still discussing this minute.”

Mayowa Oladeji

WRITER at 1ST NEWS
A writer with a keen interest in human stories and topical issues around the world.

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