…workers begin nationwide mobilisation
The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council said on Tuesday that it has commenced a nationwide mobilisation of civil servants in the country for a possible showdown with the government over the deadlock in discussion over the consequential adjustment in salary scale of workers.
the Council said on Tuesday that negotiation on the consequential adjustment for officers on grade level 7 and above has deadlocked following the adjournment of seating of the Technical Committee set up by the President indefinitely by the government side.
The council expressed displeasure over government delay in concluding the template for the implementation of the new minimum wage adding the percentage being proposed by the government team even after they have reduced their initial demand was ridiculous and unrealistic.
In a communique at the end of a meeting between the national body and Chairmen and Secretaries of state councils of the body, they claimed that while they have reduced their initial demand of 66.6 per cent increase on grade level and above to 30 per cent, the government was insisting on 9.5 per cent.
The communique signed by the Chairman, Comrade Anchaver Simon and Secretary, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, reads in part: “After extensive deliberations on the state of affairs
in respect of the issue of negotiation of relativity/consequential adjustment of salaries of Public Service employees arising from new National Minimum Wage of N30,000.00 per month, the meeting noted that on Thursday 18th April, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the N30,000 monthly new National Minimum Wage Bill earlier passed by the National Assembly into Law after a long negotiation that lasted for almost two years.
“Following the signing of the new National Minimum Wage into Law, the Federal Government on Tuesday 14th May 2019 inaugurated the relativity/Consequential Adjustment Committee which in turn set up a Technical Sub-Committee to work out the template for the adjustment of salaries of Public Service Employees in line with the new minimum wage in other to ensure that all workers benefit from the new salary regime.