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FG blames labour for delay in implementation

The Federal Government has apportioned blame to the impractical demands of labour unions for the delay in the implementation of the “Consequential Adjustment” of the N30, 000 new minimum wage. The Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule made this known clearly in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

Mr Egbule explained that the current demand of the labour unions would raise the total wage bill too high and that was why government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments. So therefore it is practically unrealistic. “Labour is asking for consequential adjustment and government in its wisdom had made budgetary provision for an adjustment of N10,000 across the board for those already earning above N30,000 per month. “However, the Unions have refused this offer, saying that because the increase in minimum wage from 18,000 to N30,000 was 66 percent, therefore they want 66 per cent increment across the board.

We told them that the minimum wage was not raised from N18, 000 to N30, 000 through percentage increase but as a result of consideration of economic factors including ability to pay..However, we said that if they want consequential adjustments in percentage terms, we will use a percentage that when applied will not exceed what has been provided for in the budget.

The computation based on a percentage which government had given to labour, was 9.5 per cent from level 7 to 14 including level 1-6 of those salary structures that did not benefit from the minimum wage. He said these and many more but Nigerians especially civil servants and workers in various parastatal, corpers inclusive really are looking forward to the implementation of the 30,000 minimum wage

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