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N30,000 MINIMUM WAGE: FG, organised labour reach a truce and here’s what it looks like

N30,000 minimum wage: FG, organised labour reach a truce and here's what it looks like

Organised Labour and the Nigerian government on Thursday night, reached an agreement on the consequential adjustments of the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000, after 3 days of negotiations.

Both parties agreed that Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) adjustment will be GL 7 – 23.2%, GL 8 – 20%, GL 9 – 19%, GL 10 to 14 – 16%, while GL 15 to 17 – 14%.

For the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), Consolidated Tertiary Educational Institutions Salary Structure (CONTEDISS), Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure II (CONUASS II), Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Salary Structure (CONPCASS), and Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS) grade 7 and its equivalent – 23.2%, GL 8 to 14 and its equivalent – 16%, and GL 15 to 17 its equivalent – 10.5%.

The Trade Union Congress said, in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, that conclusion was a win-win situation for Nigerian workers, the Federal Government, and organised labour.

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“Though they argued that government cannot afford to meet our earlier demand of N30,000 minimum wage across board, because of the economic situation in the country, we made them understand that some people cannot be more Nigerian than others, If we are tightening our belts, the government should also do so.

“We shifted grounds and that is why we were able to resolve things without major injuries. It is a win-win situation.”

The statement confirms that the adjustment addresses some salary discrepancies and overlaps that workers have been concerned with.

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