Minimum Wages: 10 State Ready to Implement Policy

Minimum Wages

After about five months of negotiation on October 18, the Federal Government reached a consensus with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on the consequential adjustments to the minimum wages salary payment of workers in Nigeria.

The federal government and  Labour reached an agreement on 23.2 percent increment for level seven workers and 20 percent for level eight workers, while 19 percent increment was agreed on for all level nine workers.

After the long months of negotiation and disagreement, President Buhari eventually signed the minimum wage bill into Law in April 2019, targeted at encouraging the spirit of the Nigerian workers.

However, ever since then, nothing was done in consideration of the agreement and the new Bill. After several strike action threats from the organized labor, the federal government later paid it, workers, in line with the new wage bill.

Similarly, two States (Lagos and Kaduna) in Nigeria follow suit and paid it, workers, along with the Federal workers level, as they are now enjoying the new minimum wage. This made many other States to set up committees to work on it, too.

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However, the report reaching 9jatoday from the Nigeria Labour Congress is that about ten states are done negotiating with their workers on the consequential adjustments and they are equally ready to implement the national minimum wage of N30,000.

The organized labour President, Ayuba Wabba, made this statement on Channels Television’s Monday program known as the ‘Sunrise Daily’. He stressed that the ten states met the deadline set by the organized labour.

On December 11, the Organised labour held a meeting with all the state chairmen in Abuja and agreed on December 31 of the same month and year for all the state governors to round up negotiations with their workers.

In his word, he said: “We are actually on track. The Federal Government has set the pace for imp[lementation of the minimum wages. They have been able to meet up with all the obligations, including payment of arrears. Let us also not lose sight of the fact that from the day the President assented to the bill, it becomes a law. Therefore, states have no reason not to respect a law that had been enacted.

The list of states that have reached a consensus on the consequential adjustments and implementation of the minimum wages include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, and Lagos; this according to the NLC.

Wabba also made it clear that about 23 States are having ongoing discussions with their labour leaders in their various states on the minimum wage consequential adjustments. He believes that all the States are bound by the Bill the moment President Muhammadu Buhari assent it.

“So far so good, we have about ten states that have concluded the process of collective bargaining and some have commenced payment of the agreed thirty thousand minimum wages. They are in three categories. First are the states that have respected the deadline (December 31). They are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Lagos and Ebonyi.

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