Minimum wage not salary review, FG tells labour

The Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the Federal Government had yet to commence total implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 to all categories of workers because organized labor mistakenly saw consequential adjustment in salary as total salary review.

Ngige spoke on Thursday when the Director General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, Timothy Olawale, led a delegation from the association to the minister’s office in Abuja.

This is coming a few days before negotiation begins again between the Federal Government and organized labor after labor issued a notice that strike could be imminent if the Federal Government failed to accept its demands on the consequential adjustment in workers’ salary as a result of the new minimum wage on October 16, 2019.

Ngige, futher stressed that the Federal Government had set up a committee that would prepare the ground for total salary review, which would be done in 2020, adding that Federal Government’s personnel budget had risen from N1.88tr to N3.08tr between 2016 and 2020.

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