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Minimum Wage: NLC Directs States To Negotiate Consequential Adjustments


The National leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has directed
its state chapters to immediately commence negotiations with their state
governments to arrive at consequential adjustments on the N30,000 new
minimum wage.
The labour parent body, however, asked the state
chapters to await the table which will be drawn by the federal
government in line with the recent agreement with labour on the
consequential adjustments.
Deputy National President of NLC, Comrade
Amaechi Asuguni, gave the directive as the outcome of NLC 2019 National
Leadership Retreat that ended in Enugu yesterday.
Asuguni said that
the national leadership of NLC will also send monitoring committees to
states to entire standardized agreements so that no state will
shortchange others, even there would be minor differences with regard to
the capacity of each state.
He said, “The outcome of this conference
is that the agreement has been reached, a table will be worked out at
the federal level and sent to the states. We want a table that will be
brought out to be a guideline so that state councils will not go and
state formulating different tables so that there will be a minimum
standard.
“That is our position; that headquarters of NLC will guide
the states so that they will work within the benchmark of the table so
that we don’t have a staggered or anyhow agreement by the state
government and the labour.”
NLC advised workers in the country not to
be in a hurry saying it has not been easy to reach the agreement and
having reached the agreement, there is a need to put in certain things
in motion to come out with the table.
“You can see the percentages,
they are different, with different categories of levels. So it will be
worked out holistically, you don’t just rush. This table hopefully by
next week, we are thinking it should come out. It is not something to be
rushed out.
“We want the workers to be patient, the patience they
had while the negotiation lasted they should have that patience, the
agreement has been signed, the consequential adjustment agreement has
also been signed, we are just waiting for the time for implementation.”
The
labour leader said that it will be unfortunate if any state refuses to
comply with the new minimum wage act, and vowed that “labour is there to
engage them by any means legally possible”

Source:- Vanguardngr

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