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Minimum Wage: NLC begins strike in 18 states.

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The union rejected deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry as long as it is import-driven, stressing that it negatively impacted on the welfare of the working-class family and the masses.

The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed workers in 18 states where the national minimum wage of N30, 000 had yet to be paid to immediately proceed on strike.

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The congress said about half the 36 states of the federation were yet to conclude negotiations on payment of the minimum wage.

Findings indicate that states that have not paid the minimum wage include Imo, Rivers, Osun, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Kwara, Zamfara, Gombe, Rivers and Ogun States.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council of the NLC on Wednesday.

In the communiqué jointly signed by the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary, Mr Emma Ugboaja, the congress stated, “The NEC also resolved to view the refusal to pay the new national minimum wage by state governments as demanded by the law as an act of criminality, betrayal of the oath of office sworn by state chief executives and a dangerous adventure in anarchy.

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“The NEC-in-Session directed all states where the national minimum wage of N30,000 is yet to be paid to immediately proceed on industrial action.”

The union demanded a downward review of the template used in determining the pump price of petrol to stave off an imminent hike in the cost of the commodity following the rising price of crude oil in the international market.

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It further urged the Federal Government to reduce the cost of gas sold to electricity generating companies to $1.5 cents as a means of driving down electricity tariffs.

The union rejected deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry as long as it is import-driven, stressing that it negatively impacted on the welfare of the working-class family and the masses.

It called on the FG to rehabilitate local refineries as a sustainable solution to incessant increases in the pump price of petrol.

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On the electricity tariffs, the NLC asked the government to immediately address the conditions within its control that are driving up electricity tariffs.

It demanded a review of the power sector privatisation programme, since the law provides for one every two years.

“The NEC also calls for the reduction of the cost of gas to $1.5 cents and also the scrapping of the use of US and Nigeria inflation rates to determine the cost of gas to Gencos,” the communique added.

The NEC also admonished the government to do more in securing lives and property in the country.

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The union resolved to picket the Corporate Affairs Commission headquarters for three days for allegedly trampling on workers’ rights.

The NLC also resolved to issue a 14-day ultimatum to the management of Turkish Airline and Caverton Helicopter to reinstate all sacked trade union executives and desist from further anti-union actions.

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Delay in payment of salary ignited by minimum wage – FG

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Some of the affected workers were said to have stormed the office of the Head of the Civil Service at the Federal Secretariat Complex in the early hours of the day to demand the payment of their salaries.

The Federal Government, yesterday, ascribed the delay in payment of salaries in some Ministries, Departments and Agencies to the 2020 budget which was passed into law before the conclusion of negotiations on the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustment.

It,however, assured that necessary steps have been taken to resolve the matter.

In a statement titled “FG explains delay in payment of October salary” signed by Director of Information, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, on behalf of the HOSF, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, explained that the provision made for salaries of some MDAs based on previous salaries had been exhausted, hence the delay in the payment of October salaries of some workers.

The clarification follows rising tension among workers in the affected MDAs

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Ogunmosunle, who denied knowledge of such protest, however, admitted delay in payment of October salary, but added that a committee was already working to come up with the figure of what is needed to pay the salary.

She expressed the belief that the exercise would be concluded this week and the outstanding salary paid.

The statement read: “The Federal Government has given reasons for the delay in the payment of October salary to some civil servants assuring that necessary steps have been taken to resolve the matter.

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“The delay is due to the fact that the 2020 budget was passed before the conclusion of negotiation on the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustment.”

Dr. Yemi-Esan went further to explain that a lump sum was however provided in the 2020 budget for minimum wage and its consequential adjustment.

She said a committee made up of representatives of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Budget Office and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation had been set up to determine the shortfalls of Ministries, Extra- Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“The shortfalls are to be paid from the lump sum already set aside in the budget for the minimum wage and its consequential adjustment. The committee is expected to conclude its work by the end of this week so that salaries can be paid.”


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Minimum wage: Ekiti labour declares 3-day warning strike

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The organised labour in Ekiti State said on Friday it would commence a three-day warning strike from August 3.

In a statement jointly signed by the state chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Kolapo Olatunde, Sola Adigun and Kayode Fatomiluyi respectively in Ado Ekiti, the unions said the strike was to compel the state government to pay the outstanding salaries, allowances and pension arrears of their members.

They, therefore, directed workers across the state to proceed on the warning strike, after which, a full-blown strike would follow, if government failed to accede to their demands.

The workers are asking the state government to resolve issues including the unpaid benefits and non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage across board.

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Others are non-payment of leave bonus from 2015 till date as well as the arrears of promotions for workers at all levels.

The statement read: “This warning strike, called by the organised labour in Ekiti, will commence on the midnight of August 3.

“The state government has yet to attend to any of our requests, such as financial promotion for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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“There is no commitment to all the outstanding deductions, such as cooperative money, loan repayment to banks, housing fund and others.

“Our demands also include five years leave bonuses, hazard allowances of COVID-19 to health workers, salary arrears and deductions, all yet to be paid.

“Based on the above, the strike will commence from 12 midnight of August 3, except government attends to our demands.

“We warn that no worker should go to work or listen to any directive from any quarters, except from the leadership of the organised labour.”


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[Nigeria] Buhari asked to pay Ex Corps members new Minimum wage arrears.


President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to pay former members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) their salary arrears.

On Saturday, Nnadi Goodluck, a Nigerian, who served in Oyo State with the 2018 Batch B Stream 1 made the call in an SOS collected by NobleReporters addressed to the president.

“President Buhari should pay ex-corps members their arrears, they worked for it”, he stated.

He noted that the Federal Government had commenced the payment of the new Minimum Wage to serving corps members and as such, their former colleagues should benefit too.

Goodluck said corps members like federal civil servants were also eligible and qualified to receive the arrears, since they were also serving under the federal government.

“I am not writing for myself, but writing for all the thousands of corps members who passed out from the scheme and are still waiting and hoping on the federal government”, he wrote.

“Most of these ex-corps members waiting for the arrears are still unemployed due to lack of jobs after NYSC, they’re only anticipating the payment of the arrears just to sustain them whilst they continue the job hunting.

“President Buhari signed into law the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019 on Thursday, 18th April 2019, thus changing the salary of workers from N18,000 to N30,000 and subsequently changing the NYSC allowance from N19,800 to N33,000.

“The affected ex-corps members are not happy, because during the government of ex-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011, the then affected ex-corps members were paid in arrears, what is now holding president Buhari in 2020?

“I read on the news sometime in February where the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said that corps members are not eligible for the arrears, because they are not civil servants but on national service, I guess he wasn’t aware that corps members received arrears during the tenure of the ex-president Jonathan.

“Former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2011 on 16th March 2011, thus changing the salary of workers from N7,500 to N18,000 and subsequently changing the NYSC allowance from N9,775 to N19,800.

“After signing the bill in March, his administration started the payment in July 2011 and the 2010 Batch B corps members that passed out on Thursday, 16th June 2011 were all paid in arrears for 4 months, beginning from March, April, May and June 2011. With the payment, they all received a total of N40,100 in arrears.

“The 2018 Batch B Stream 1 and 2 are eligible to be paid in arrears, including the 2018 Batch C Stream 1 and 2, 2019 Batch A, 2019 Batch B Stream 1 and 2, and 2019 Batch C Stream 1 and 2,” he stated.

On October 23, 2019, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the payment of the new salary structure as contained in the agreement signed between the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the labour unions.

The FEC meeting was on that occasion chaired by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Christ Ngige, told the media that FEC approved “that the financial implications worked out by the National Incomes and Wages Commission that the salaries adjustment should take effect as from April 18, 2019 the day the New National Minimum Wage Act came into being.”


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Minimum wage: NLC suspend planned strike in Kebbi after agreement


The Organised Labour in Kebbi has announced the immediate suspension of its strike notice, which was to take effect on Tuesday over delay in the implementation of the national minimum wage. The strike notice was issued on February 27, 2020.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Umar Alhassan, said the strike notice had been withdrawn as the state government had agreed to the workers’ demands.

Alhassan made the announcement while briefing newsmen after the union’s Executive Council meeting in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.


“The state government has agreed with our demands on minimum wage and consequential adjustment, payment of 2019 leave grant, annual increment and payment of retirement benefits.

“The government has agreed to set up a committee on minimum wage and consequential adjustments and will be inaugurated today.


“On 2019 leave grant, the state government workers from GL 1 – 6 are going to receive their grant today.

“On annual increment, by the end of this month, our members are going to receive their payment while on retirement benefits a standing committee will commence sorting out of genuine members and process their payment soon,” he said.


Alhassan appealed to civil servants on Grade Level 7 and above to exercise patience, saying the payment of their leave grant would commence soon.

“In as much as we want our members to have a conducive working environment and atmosphere, we will not be unmindful with the present reality of the situation.

“The civil servants on GL. 7 and above will not be getting their leave grant today, due to paucity of funds, as said by the government representatives in the discussion.

“We have agreed that civil servants on those grade levels will get their own later,” the chairman said.


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Minimum wage: Staff complains Non-payment of arrears – INEC flout


The staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might go on strike for the first time in its history if the threat of the Labour Union,an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress(TUC) was anything to go by, over the refusal of the Commission management to pay the new minimum wage arrears to its workforce as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Commission has flouted the directive of the President on the payment and implementation of the new minimum wage arrears to its staff on or before 31st of December,2019 and the payment should take effect from April 2019 as agreed with the organised labour after the series of negotiations between the parties. It was learnt that all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) excerpt INEC in the country had obliged with the President’s directive since December 2019 and the staff of the Commission have been groaning over the non-payment of the arrears of the new salary adjustment and implementation of the new minimum wage on monthly basis. They alleged that the Commission’s management were being insensitive to the plight of its workforce because they were not beneficiary in the salary adjustment, alleging that it seems the management has fixed the sum in the bank in order to yield interest for them. Investigation also revealed that the electoral umpire management were yet to pay the Promotion salary arrears to its affected workers since January 2019 till December and not to talk of its implementation in the year 2020.As at the closing hour of work last Friday,no staff of the Commission saw any bank alert in respect of the said arrears. Also speaking, a human rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, commended the leadership of the Senior Staff Union for thier proactive measure on the development, condemned the electoral umpire management for being insensitive to the plight of its workforce. Sulaiman who is the Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), maintained that the rights group would team up with the union to fight the INEC management if they failed to pay the workers of their legitimate entitlements with immediate effect as directed by President Buhari. In its letter dated 5th of February,2020 which was signed by One Isaac Ojemnenke,aca, for the Association’s Secretary General and forwarded to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Labour Union under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), requesting for the payment of the consequential Salary Adjustment arising from the New National Minimum Wage of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30,000) to its workers on or before 29th February,2020 and failure to do the needful might lead the Union to take appropriate Trade Union action of addressing the matter. Part of the ASCSN letter read thus; “You will recall that the Federal Government through the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment directed all MDAs ensure full implementation of the new National Minimum Wage and the consequential adjustment on or before 31st December,2019. “The National leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, the Union that constitute Council 1 of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) is suprised that INEC, the symbol of democracy in Nigeria has failed to comply with the directive of the Federal Government over this all important wage matter. “Sequel to the above and the need to promote industrial peace and harmony in the INEC, the ASCSN wishes to request that the INEC management should implement the consequential adjustment on Salary of the members of the INEC staff with the effect from 18th April,2019 on or before 29th February,2020, failing which the Union will be left with no other alternative than to take appropriate Trade Union action to address the matter. “We wish to inform you that this letter has been endorsed to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Minister of Finance and the Director- General,State Security Service for their information and necessary intervention”.


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Kogi: NLC assure workers minimum wage payment


The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Kogi chapter Comrade Onuh Edokah charges workers in the state to remain resolute as the state government has set up machinery to tackle all issues surrounding the payment of minimum wage in the state.


Edokah gave the charge on Wednesday during the 7th Quadrennial state delegates conference of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) , Kogi state chapter.

The NLC boss while speaking to newsmen at the venue of the congress urged civil servants in the state to expect a better deal from government, saying the union was still negotiating with government and hopeful of getting desired result at the end of negotiations.


“The state government has set up a committee to look into the payment of 30,000 naira minimum wage to workers of the state.

“We are hoping that by the end of the thirty days government gave the committee, they will come out with a chat that will be the true position of the minimum wage in Kogi state and we are expecting a win-win situation”, he assured.


Edokah who handed over the leadership of MHWUN to the newly elected Exco, said his ten years in the saddle of the union as chairman witnessed a lot of transformation , stressing that he was leaving the union better than he met it.

He therefore urged the new Exco to take the welfare of members as paramount , saying any union executive that failed in providing adequate welfare of its members would end up throwing the union into unbearable situation.


“I am leaving the union with a lot of legacies. The workers which I led in health worker’s union enjoyed the benefit of various structures of their salaries . I was the Chairman of the union through out the transformation of various salary structures and I ensure that the government pay workers their salaries” he noted.

At the end of the congress that lasted three hours, Comrade Amari Gabriel emerged as Chairman through consensus while Alilu Adejoh was elected as Vice Chairman, Kashim Abonika as Treasurer, Salaudeen Yakubu, State Trustee, Badams Kadiri, Auditor and Ajisafe Oluwatoyin as the Public Relations Officer.

Comrade Gabriel in his acceptance speech promised that his administration would not relent in moving the union to a greater height.

While commending the immediate past leadership of the union for laying a worthy legacy for the incoming executive, the new chairman solicited the cooperation and support of members to achieve success.


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Government don’t give job, don’t rely on Nigerian government – Ngige Chris


Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has asked Nigerian youths to seek other means of employment as the government cannot provide everyone with jobs.

Chris Ngige reveals

A statement released by the Deputy Director/Head of Press of the ministry, Charles Akpan, said the minister stated this during a Town hall Meeting on Popularization of blue/green collar jobs among graduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, which was held in Edo State.

Ngige who was represented at the event by the Director, Special Duties and Projects Department in the ministry, Martina Nwordu, said told the young graduates that the wealthiest youths in the world at present were not government employees.

The minister also urged Nigerian youths to invest their talent in other job sectors, as the richest youth of the world, aged between 21 and 31 years, are not employees of government but smart entrepreneurs who distinguished themselves in creative skills in various areas.

The minister disclosed that the purpose of the meeting, which held concurrently in four other geo-political zones of the federation, was to sensitise representatives of key stakeholders in graduate employment on the benefits of blue/green-collar jobs as an alternative response to the challenges of graduate unemployment.


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Minimum wage: NLC gives Anambra a 14-Day Ultimatum


The organized labour in Anambra State on Monday gave the state government a 14- day ultimatum to implement the new minimum wage or be prepared to face industrial action.

At an emergency meeting of the state executive council of the organised labour in Awka, the unionists expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation of the January 24 agreement with the government on the issue.

The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Jerry Nnubia said what is being implemented fell short of what the labour negotiated with the government.

He said ..

“The SEC decided to meet on the issue and took the necessary decision. We are dissatisfied and we frown at the decision of the government to renege on the agreement.

“We hereby give the government a 14- day ultimatum from today, after which the organized labour would not guarantee industrial harmony in the state.

“The state government did not follow the agreed chart with the organized labour in the state and as far as we are concerned, the difference we saw in the salaries of workers in January was just a bonus which government decided to give to workers.”


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Just in: Akeredolu regime set to pay N30,000


Ondo state government and labour unions on Saturday agreed on payment of N30,000 new minimum wage starting from January this year.

This was after series of negotiations between the government and labour leaders.

The labour unions led by the NLC, JNC and TUC were joined by legislative, judiciary and other top government functionaries.


The labour leaders agreed on full payment of the new wage from level six downwards while level seven above had experienced consequential adjustment.

The state’s Head of Service(HoS)Mr Oluwadare Aragbaye thanked the labour leaders for maintaining religious harmony noting that the state government would continue to prioritize the workers’ welfare.


Aragbaye said government had also approved 33 per cent for those who retired before 2014 and peculiar allowances for some workers Responding to the Joint Council.

Chairman, Oyesanmi Ilesanmi, NLC chairman, Sunday Adeleye and his counterpart from TUC Comrade Helen Odofin appreciated the state’s government for regular payment of salaries and allowances since 2017.

The labour leaders who cautioned against retrenchment or downsizing of workers under any disguise solicited recruitment of more workforce in the state’s civil service.

Aragbaiye signed the agreement on behalf of government, the JNC chairman; the NLC Chairman, and the TUC chairman signed for the organised labour and workers.


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Minimum wage: NLC not to sign agreement that will lead to retrenchment


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ondo State says the organised labour will not sign any new minimum wage agreement the will impoverish or lead to retrenchment of the workforce.

The state NLC Chairman, Mr Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole, said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Akure.


Adeleye-Oluwole explained that negotiations over the new minimum wage, which had hitherto been suspended, had now resumed and that it was 85 percent concluded, saying “the process may be concluded before the end of this week.”

According to him, the delay in minimum wage approval and implementation in the state is due to the insistence of the organised labour, led by JNC, NLC and TUC, to get better package for the workers and pensioners.


The NLC chairman noted that the new salary tables presented by the state government were being critically studied to ensure that the agreed new salaries would be sustainable and not lead to irregular payment and mass retrenchment.

Adeleye-Oluwole assured that the new minimum wage would capture special allowances for the media, judiciary, parliamentary and health workers.


He appealed to the state workforce to exercise more patience, as negotiation was now at a final stage.

“The negotiation is not led by NLC but by the Joint Negotiating Council (NJC) as directed by the national headquarters of NLC and TUC.


“We are just supporting the JNC, and that was what we had been doing. I want to say that in the last two months, the JNC, in its wisdom, had set up negotiation committee and ever since then, we have met more than seven times.

“So, JNC has the final say concerning this minimum wage issue. But as at now, going by what happened yesterday (Tuesday), we have got to 85 percent completion.


“Also, pensioners are being carried along, because we believe that all of us will become pensioners one day.

“From what I have been following, I can say that before this week runs out, we should be able to come out with specific tables and we are working on five different tables for the judiciary, the parliament and media workers.


“For our counterparts in the health sector and the services, they have their own peculiar allowances. So we are working now on five structures, and when we include pensioners, it becomes six.

“In the spirit of negotiation, what we really need is to know the data; how much is coming from Ondo State, which we have got, and we also look at the present salary wage bill,” he said.

On payment of arrears to workers by the state government, the NLC chairman explained that it would be discussed after the conclusion of the minimum wage negotiation.

“My advice to JNC, as NLC leader, is that it should not sign what can lead to retrenchment of our members, because I don’t have the final position; it’s JNC that has the final position on the new minimum wage,” he said.


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Minimum wage: Kogi gets committee


The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has approved the constitution of a 14-member committee on the negotiation of the mew National Minimum Wage.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja Monday by Secretary to the State Government, SSG and Chairman of the committee, Dr. Mrs. Arike Ayoade.


The committee’s membership is drawn from top political appointees, labour leaders and top civil servants. Some of the members are Mrs Deborah Ogunmola, Alh. Asiwaju Idris, Mr. Yakubu Okala, Alh. Abubakar Ohere and Com. Ayodele Thomas. Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo is to serve as Secretary of the Committee.

The statement noted that the composition is part of the Governor’s determination to ensure good working conditions for the workers. The committee is for inauguration on Tuesday in Government House.


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Delta State workers to receive N30,000 minimum wage January – Chiedu Ebie


The Delta State Government has reached an agreement with the organised labour on the new national minimum wage of N30,000 for workers in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, who is the Chairman of the Negotiation Committee disclosed this on Friday after signing the minimum wage documents on behalf of the state government.


Ebie said the implementation of the minimum wage would commence from November 1, 2019.

He added that the state government would commence payment from January and pay the arrears of the new minimum wage with the January and February salaries.


The SSG gave an assurance that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state.

According to him, the governor is passionate about workers’ wellbeing and enjoins the state workforce to reciprocate the government gesture by redoubling their commitment to their duties.

DELTA STATE GOVERNOR, OKOWA


Ebie thanked both the government and the labour teams for their resilience in making the outcome of the negotiations fruitful.

In his response, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Delta, Goodluck Ofobruku, commended the state government for its transparency towards the smooth conclusion of the negotiation exercise.


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Minimum wage: Trade union set to shut down unwilling states after Jan. 31st


The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has given states yet to commence implementation of the N30,000 Minimum Wage January 31 deadline to comply or would be shut down without notice.

Addressing the media after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos, President of TUC, Quadri Olaleye, yesterday, warned that the Congress will no longer guarantee industrial peace and harmony in states which are yet to commence the implementation of N30,000 New Minimum Wage/ consequential adjustments by January 31.


He said the union has directed all states to start mobilisation, saying that the governors and their supporters will be held responsible for whatever happen after 31of January.

“The Congress advises all state governments who have not complied with the implementation and immediate payment of the N30, 000.00 new National Minimum Wage to commence negotiations and implementation on or before 31st January, 2020, otherwise the state government should be responsible for the consequences of their failure.


“State Councils have been directed to commence mobilisation of their members immediately.”

Olaleye said the report from states at the meeting showed that only six states have signed and commenced implementation, while 15 states were in the process of negotiation.


“We want to assure them this is not an empty threat. Labour will shut down any states that have not yet started the implementation or negotiation.”

He stated that it was an insubordination on the part of any state government not to have commenced payment by December 31.


“It’s an insubordination for the governors to flout the President’s order on the implementation of the new Minimum Wage. The President had said that all the federal and all states should have commenced the implementation of N30,00 Minimum Wage by 31st December, 2019. So if there’s still any state yet to commence payment that is clear insubordination and we will not hesitate to shut such state. This is not an empty threat, neither are we going back on our decision.”

On the spate of insecurity in the country, Olaleye called on the Federal Government to intensify more practical efforts towards wiping out killings, kidnapping and insurgency to save the country from total collapse.


He said states and region should be supported and encourage on the security.

He said labour has also resolves to participate in a global rally against war slated for January 25, 2020


This according to him, is in view of the vulnerability of workers in war period.

The union also condemned all forms of casualisation and slave labour in Nigeria.


Olaleye said the Congress will in the year engage any employer that violates the right of Nigerian Workers to unionize and have permanent employment.

“The government is hereby advised to extend Local Content Policy as applied in the Oil sector to be applicable to other sectors of the economy,” he said.


However, Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Enugu, Mr Virginus Nwobodo, said the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state may take a little longer.

The labour leader said the delay might be caused by the non-existence of a wage template in the state, as the old N18,000 minimum wage was not well implemented by the state government.


He, therefore, appealed to workers in the state civil service to be patient, as labour would not rush into the issue as was happening in other states where some figures were already being banded.

“We have a peculiar situation in Enugu; there is no standard wage template for the state workers, in line with the N18,000 minimum wage, because the state government did not holistically implement it.


“What the government did then was to give financial awards according to cadres. There was no percentage increase or consequential adjustment,” he said.

Nwobodo said the issue had affected the implementation of the current N30,000 minimum wage, as the technical committee of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in the state had much to do.

“The technical committee is already working. It will do a serious job to come up with a standard wage chart before we now begin to talk about consequential adjustment across grade levels. The moment it is through with the task, it will call on the larger JNC, which will either accept or reject what it would have done.”

He said the committee would work in line with the current economic realities, relying on the wage template negotiated at the federal level. The committee, in order to make its work easier, will assess documents from the federal level and, based on some factors, come up with a wage chart across the sectors,” Nwobodo said.


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Nassarawa govt inaugurate 24-member committee over minimum wage


Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nassarawa State on Tuesday inaugurated a 24-member committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.

NobleReporters learnt that the committee is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the state Deputy Governor.


The committee has 11 representatives from government and 13 from the organised labour.

Speaking at the inauguration, the governor said the committee was set up in fulfillment of his promise to improve living conditions of workers through better welfare package.


“This is in line with our determination to improve the welfare of public servants as they are the cornerstone for the implementation of government policies and programmes.

“We have continued to make consultation on how to implement the new minimum wage in the state,” he said.


Sule charged the committee to be guided by the revenue accruals to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage

According to him, the terms of reference of the committee are to obtain and study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the consequential adjustment at the federal level.


Others, he said, are to obtain and study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the organised labour in line with the consequential adjustment/increase in all the salary structures.

“To liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (if necessary) for technical assistance on the implementation of the new minimum wage for the state,” the governor said.


He said that the committee had three weeks to complete its assignment and submit report for prompt action.

He assured the state workers that a committee to consider implementation of outstanding promotion arrears and proper placements of the civil servants would be inaugurated on Jan. 13.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule


Comrade Yusuf Iya, the State’s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), commended the governor for the steps so far taken toward the implementation of the new national minimum wage.

Iya, who is also a member of the committee, however, expressed hope that the template used at the federal level would be adopted by the committee.


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Implementation of minimum wage cannot be negotiated – NLC

…draws battle line with unwilling states


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned three states yet to make any concrete moves to open discussion on the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage of N30,000.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba issued the warning, yesterday, when he appeared on a national television.


The affected states are Kogi, Cross River and Taraba which he said should be ready for a showdown with the labour movement.

He announced that 23 states have taken considerable steps to resolve the issues of consequential adjustment of the minimum wage through negotiation with their respective labour leaders.


He commended 10 states that had started paying the minimum wage with its consequential adjustment, insisting that the law, which fixed the minimum wage must be respected by all the state governments.

Wabba said it was gratifying that the Federal Government had started paying the arrears of the new wage from April last year when the law was enacted.


He added that the leadership of labour decided to monitor developments at state levels to avoid situations whereby workers will be offered peanuts.

The NLC president stated that it was the reason the state chapters were encouraged to go into negotiations where facts on revenue profile of the state would be laid on the table for the tripartite committee to deliberate on and arrive at a conclusion.


Wabba said as at yesterday, no state had come to say it could not pay the minimum wage.

He said that the leadership of the two trade unions, the NLC and TUC (Trade Union Congress) would be meeting with the joint-negotiation team to review development in all the states this week.


But organised labour in Nasarawa State, yesterday, threatened to boycott the inauguration of the committee set up to negotiate the new minimum wage, unless arrears of promotion, salaries and pension owed workers were cleared.

Daily Sun learnt that the government suspended the inauguration of the committee.


Nasarawa NLC Chairman, Yusuf Sarki Iya, told Daily Sun that government was still negotiating the issue of minimum wage with workers.

He said labour in the state had made it clear that if the backlog of arrears were not cleared, it would not honor invitations to discuss the minimum wage with government.


“We were invited for the inauguration of the minimum wage committee only to be told by the Head of Service that the inauguration has been put on hold. Our concern is the implementation of the pending promotion, salary arrears and pension before discussing the minimum wage

“We have been waiting patiently for the government, the NLC will not see industrial action as an option, but will not hesitate to engage the government when it becomes imperative,” Iya said.


Nasarawa Head of service, Nicholas Aboki, denied knowledge of the wage committee’s inauguration. He said he was surprised when labour stormed his office for the ceremony.

However, Plateau government said significant progress has been made in its negotiations with labour unions.


Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Dan Manjang, described the current stage of negotiations as peaceful and encouraging.

“We first began the process by setting up a committee led by Mr. Luka Fwangyil, a former Head of Service, to negotiate with labour on the consequential adjustments as directed by the Federal Government based on the peculiarity, sustainability and capacity of each state. Today, I will be proud to tell you that that a singular step we took is paying, as things are going smoothly towards agreeing on what to pay our most cherished workers. I want to put the record straight to the citizens of Plateau that this government is committed to the welfare of its workers and will do all it could to achieve that at all costs.”

He appealed to workers and the unions to “remain calm while negotiations are ongoing, pending the recommendation of same.”

He said that any attempt to distract the government from discharging its constitutional responsibilities to the people of the state would fail.


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Minimum wage: Labour Congress set to tackle state Governor that failed Dec.31 deadline.

…Ogun finalises talks with union

…Osun inaugurates committee on implementation

…Minister assures of commitments to workers’ welfare


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is set to tackle governors who failed to meet the December 31 deadline for the implementation of the New Minimum Wage.

In his New Year message, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, asked state councils to await directive on the next line of action.


“In tandem with our position as adopted and communicated after a stakeholders’ meeting on Dec.ember 11, 2019, organised labour will not guarantee industrial harmony in states that fail to implement the new national minimum wage by December 31, 2019.

“We direct our state councils to be on the standby to robustly engage state governments that fail to obey our laws. We wish to remind state governors that no excuse would be good enough for failure to pay.


“The ongoing revelations on the monumental looting perpetrated by former governors prove that only an intent to loot and deadened conscience, not availability of resources, would be the reason any Governor would hesitate to pay workers the N30,000 new national minimum wage and the consequential adjustment in salaries.

“The new national minimum wage is now a law and State Governors do not have the luxury to choose whether to pay or not.”


He commend states already paying the new national minimum wage and consequential adjustment in salaries for assuming the pacesetter status.

Wabba said in 2020, the NLC would mount a robust campaign for the generation of mass jobs and for already existing jobs to be decent.


He disclosed that NLC was perfecting plans for a National Job Summit in 2020 where it will get stakeholders, experts, policymakers, concerned demographics and workers on a roundtable to find answers and solutions to Nigeria’s burgeoning unemployment crisis.

The NLC president said the congress have resolved to protect, promote and prioritise workers’ and pensioners welfare.


He also said the congress would continue to be the voice for the oppressed and downtrodden.

“We will dare the enemies of Nigerian workers and people and we will triumph by the grace of God. Nigerian workers under the leadership of the NLC will continue to work assiduously towards the promotion of national security, peace and unity.


“We will continue to put the needed weight on the things that unite us and hold in contempt the things that seek to divide us.”

To avert industrial crisis, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has inaugurated a committee to work out modalities for the implementation.


Spokesman for the governor, Ismail Omipidan, in a statement in Osogbo said Oyetola inaugurated the committee on Tuesday.

The governor urged members of the committee to ensure they arrived at a reasonable amount of increment that would ensure government continued to pay salaries as and when due.


Oyetola, who said his administration would work through the committee to arrive at a soft landing that would be pleasing to both workers and government, commended labour leaders and the entire workforce for their cooperation and sense of understanding in the last one year.

“I thank the leadership of labour for their level of cooperation in the last one year. You made my transition from Chief of Staff to governor very simple. The welfare of workers is very important to me. That’s why we pay their salaries promptly and in full.


“We’re committed to paying the new minimum wage. But we need to now double up our IGR. It is very important to collectively drive the IGR because it is the only source for payment of the minimum wage.

“Thank God we’ve spent one year without rancour, no strike. We’ll work together to have a safe landing that will be acceptable to the two parties. I’m delighted to see this committee being inaugurated.”


Oyetola also gave an assurance that nothing would stop him from payment of full salaries as and when due.

Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Bayo Adejumo, gave an assurance that labour leaders would cooperate with government in the negotiation.


On his part, Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun, said his administration was in the final stage of discussion with abour on the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Abiodun made the disclosure in his New Year message, yesterday.


He noted that the state’s public service remained the engine room of government and a critical stakeholder, pointing out that the recent appointment of eight permanent secretaries in the state civil service would strengthen the bureaucracy to effectively and efficiently perform its function as the engine room of government.

Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has demanded from workers honesty and diligence in service, while assuring of government’s commitments to their welfare.

Ngige said the understanding showed by workers over the challenges the Federal Government faced in repositioning the economy and sanitising the polity since 2015 was commendable, adding that the Federal Government has in appreciation made enormous sacrifices to protect the workers and secure their future.

“The workforce we inherited in 2015 was one seriously demoralised by decade long unpaid salaries and allowances; a restive workforce with simmering agitations and perennial threats of strike. It was a workforce challenged down by private sector retrenchments and varying unfair labour practices.


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Minimum Wage: JNC praises Governor Ganduje of Kano.


The Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC), Kano State council, has commended Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje for implementing the new minimum wage of N30,600, an amount higher than the nationally-approved wage.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of JNC, Mr Magaji Inuwa, and made available to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.


“On behalf of the Executive Council members of the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC), Kano State council, the Chairman, Mr Hashim Saleh, heartily congratulates all workers for Allah’s mercy to see the New Year.

“We also congratulate the workers for enjoying the fulfilled promise of the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, who promptly implemented the new minimum wage of N30,600 which is more than Federal Government’s N30,000,” Inuwa said.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano


He said the council had never doubted Ganduje’s sincerity to implement the new minimum wage, knowing full well his track record in salary payments without any hitch.

Saleh assured the governor of workers’ readiness to support his administration in their areas of assignment for the overall success of his ‘worker-friendly’ government.


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Gombe government repel strike action over minimum wage.

…Deputy to lead negotiation committee

The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has repelled a strike action about to be taken by organised labour in the state, naming his deputy, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, to lead a 15-member committee to negotiate the implementation of the newly signed national minimum wage and the consequential adjustments in the state.

It was earlier rumored on Tuesday in Gombe metropolis that the state chapter of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and other labour union had commenced mobilization to embark on a warning strike to draw the attention of the state government on the need for the implementation of the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustments.

However, according to Ismaila Uba Misilli, the senior media aide to Governor Yahaya, the Governor approved the constitution of the negotiation committee and that a memo issued by the state head of civil service, Alhaji Bappayo Yahaya, indicates that the committee was mandated to look into the possibility of implementation of the new minimum wage: “As it affects the Core Civil Servants and others in the state. It is also to determine the consequential adjustments for Core Civil Servants on GL. 07-17 and others.”

He said while the committee is mandated to co-opt more members deemed suitable for the successful conduct of the assignment, members approved for the committee by the state governor include: the Chairman, Deputy Governor Manassah Daniel Jatau, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, the Commissioner, Ministry for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs; Mohammed Gambo Magaji, Commissioner, Ministry of Finance; Dr Ishiaku Mohammed, Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Budget, Planning and Development Partners Coordination; Yusuf Daudu Kaltungo, Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reform and Zainab Abdulkadir Rasheed, Permanent Secretary/Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice.

Misili reveals that other members are: “Muhammad Buba, State Auditor General; Aliyu Mahdi Mele, Auditor General for Local Government; Mohammed Seyoji Jibril, Permanent Secretary, Establishment and Service Matters Department and Umar Babagoro Bello, Permanent Secretary/Accountant General.

Also to serve on the committee are Mohammed Manu Malala, Permanent Secretary, and Local Government Service Commission; Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC); Representative of Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity; Dr. James Madi, Director, Hospital Services while Barr. Caleb Ubale, Special Adviser, Legal Matters will serve as Secretary,” Misili stated in a statement issued on Christmas Eve.

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Ebonyi government to begin minimum wage payment in January.

…plead with NLC

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said he will pay the N30,000 minimum wage agreed with organised labour from January 2020.

He made this known during the signing of the state’s 2020 budget in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Friday.

He however, pleaded with labour unions to accept the inability of the state to pay the backlog of salaries, which had accumulated since the wage increase was reached.

In the absence of the arrears, he noted that the state had set aside N500m to help workers earn some income from agriculture.

“We have the N500m approved by the state House of Assembly to assist workers and other segments of the society, engage in alternative means of livelihood which is agriculture.”

Speaker of the state’s legislature, Francis Nwifuru, said the lawmakers were impressed with the implementation of budgets it had signed under Umahi’s administration.

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Corps members to soon enjoy new minimum wage – DG assure.

…unapproved journey would be sanctioned.

Following the signing into law by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Tuesday, the National Youth Service Corps members across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory will soon receive the new minimum wage.

The Director General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim revealed this in an interview with media shortly after the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch “C” Stream II orientation course for corps members deployed in Nasarawa State. The ceremony held at the Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC permanent orientation camp in Keffi.

He said, “The new minimum wage is captured in the 2020 budget and thank God President Muhammadu Buhari signed it into law yesterday and as soon as the implementation commences, corps members across the 36 states of the federation, including Federal Capital Territory, would start benefiting from it.”

He said the Federal Government was also committed to the security and welfare of the corps members, saying the scheme had also entered into partnership with security agencies not to post any of them to places with security challenges.

He warned that any corps members that embarked on unapproved journey would be sanctioned.

Earlier, the Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Abdullahi Sule, warned corps members posted to the state to shun any form of social vices such as prostitution, drug abuse, and theft, among others, that would dent their images.

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Cross River, Gombe Government Demand Immediate Payment Of December Salary.

…counterparts at the local government level.

Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has threatened to demote a permanent secretary and directors if they failed to pay the salaries of local government workers before the end of Friday, December 20, 2019.

In a terse statement signed on behalf of the governor by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) Mr Christian Ita, the governor said he was displeased that the workers had not been paid even when money had been made available since November.

The governor warned that “failure to achieve this mandate will attract dire disciplinary measures, including demotions.”

Meanwhile, the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya, has directed the immediate payment of the December salaries to all civil servants in the state and their counterparts at the local government level.

According to a press statement by the media aide to the governor, Ismaila Misilli, the order was inspite of the non-remittance of monthly Federation Accounts allocation to the states.

The governor ordered the state Ministry of Finance to ensure that all workers were paid their wages and entitlements today (Friday), December 20, even if it meant putting in ‘extra hours of work’.

Yahaya reiterated his administration’s continued commitment to the welfare of civil servants through prompt payment of salaries and and other entitlements.

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Kwara government get minimum wage negotiating committee.

Kwara State government has assembled a negotiating team to interface with representatives of the labour unions over the minimum wage.

The team is peopled by government officials and leadership of the labour unions in the state, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement on Thursday.

The team, according to the statement, comprises Commissioners for Finance (Chairman); Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (member); Works and Transport (member); Special Adviser to the Governor (Special Duties); Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Finance; Service Welfare; Establishment and Training; Justice; and Local Government Service Commission; Kwara State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); Kwara State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC); Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council; and Secretary of the Joint Negotiating Council.

The secretary of the committee is the Director (Establishment and Pension) Mrs Onaolapo Alaya, the statement added.

AbdulRazaq had on Tuesday directed the Head of Service Mrs Modupe Susan Oluwole to constitute a panel to discuss the minimum wage question in Kwara.

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