The Trade Union Congress side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council had made a fresh request demanding that the Federal Government pay the five months arrears of the new minimum wage that has taken effect since April 18, 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill was signed to law.
The government and organised labour had earlier come to a contrite conclusion on the new minimum wage on Friday, exactly 182 days after Buhari signed the bill into law.
The agreement by both parties was on 23.2 percentage adjustment for staff between grade level 07; 20 per cent from grade level 08; 19 per cent for staff from grade level 09; 16 per cent for grade levels 10 to 14; and 14 per cent for staff at grade levels 15 to 17.
According to a statement released and signed by the acting Chairman of the union, Anchaver Simon, and the Secretary, Alade Lawal, they plead with the Buhari led administration to hold to its promise of making a general review of wages of public servants in the country.
“We wish to advise that since the 2019 National Minimum Wage was signed into Law by Mr President on April 18, 2019, the implementation should start from that date so as not to trigger another avoidable round of agitation by public service employees and their trade unions.”
“We are also glad that the government has taken note of the need for a general salary review in the public service. We are looking forward to this review, and we hope that the Federal Government will keep to its promise, which was made during the negotiation of consequential adjustments.”