LABOUR: New Minimum Wage Will Solve Salary Imbalance
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) says the agreement reached with the Federal Government on minimum wage it has addressed “some salary discrepancies and overlapping that the workers have agitated so much about.”
This is coming after Labour and the government reached an agreement on salary structure for workers following series of meetings.
With the agreement reached, the core civil servants on GL 7 will get 23.2% increase; GL 8 will get 20%; and GL 9 will get 19%.
"We will shut down this country...we are not joking because this is life and death..."#Rivers TUC Chairman, Austin Jonah warns of impending strike on Morning Crossfire with @SheriffQuadry pic.twitter.com/m4Kzi0uaAR— Nigeria Info FM 99.3 (@NigeriainfoFM) October 16, 2019
Others on, GL 10-14 will get 16% while GL 15-17 will get 14%.
In the same vein other civil servants on GL-7 will get 23.2%); those on GL 8-14 are expected to earn 16% increase; and those on GL 15-17 are expected to earn 10.5%.
"This is a unique agreement and we promise to build on that by God's grace,” TUC boss President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye said in a press statement.
The TUC boss also commended the Federal Government and organised labour for their patience while the National Minimum Wage negotiations lasted.
"We commend the Head of Service of the federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan and her team for their sincerity. Though they argued that government cannot afford to meet our earlier demand of N30, 000 minimum wage across board because of the economic situation in the country, but we made them understand that some people cannot be more Nigerian than others. If we are tightening our belts, government should also do so," he added.
Earlier, TUC had threatened to shut down the country if the government did not accept their demands. Chairman, TUC Rivers State Chapter Austin Jonah made this declaration, on Wednesday on Nigeria Info FM Programme, Morning Crossfire.
“Nigerian workers are massively behind their leader. We have mobilized to the extent that if they say 'shutdown', we will shut down this country because this is life or death.
We have mobilized to the extent that if they say shut down we will shut down this country. We are not joking because this is life and death,” he said