The Federal Government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) have finally reached a compromise over the consequential adjustment and implementation of the new National Minimum Wage.
Labour and Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige announced the agreement early Friday morning in Abuja after a government team he led concluded a meeting with NLC officials.
According to the Minister, the consequential adjustment agreed upon are as follows:
“For COMESS wage structure Grade level 7 gets 23 per cent, Salary grade level 8 gets 20 per cent, Salary grade level 9 gets 19 per cent Salary grade level 10 -14 gets 16 per cent while Salary grade level 15-17 gets 14 per cent
”For those on the second category of wages structure, CONHES, CONRRISE, CONTISS etc, Level 7 gets 22.2 percent, Level 8-14 gets 16 per cent , Level 15-17 gets 10.5 percent.”
Ngige noted that the third category of the country’s wage structure which are military and paramilitary officers were also factored into the agreement.
“Since they are not in the civil service , theirs will be communicated through the appropriate channels. Their percentages of increase is confidential,” he said.
The meeting began at 8:24pm Thursday and ended 3am Friday.
Disagreement over the new wage had centred around the consequential adjustments in salaries that must be implemented across board. Labour demanded 29 percent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14, and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17.
However, the government offered 11 percent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to 14, and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers on grade level 15 to 17.