The federal government has made known that the delay in the implementation of the “consequential adjustment” of the N30,000 new minimum wage is due to the unrealistic demands of labour unions. The chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule, revived this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
Egbule explained that the present demand of the labour unions would result in the total wage bill been too high and that is the reason government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments. “Labour is asking for consequential adjustment and government in its wisdom had made budgetary provision for an adjustment of N10, 000 across board for those already earning above N30, 000 per month. Source claims Buhari replaces Ita Enang as aide on National Assembly
“However, the unions have refused this offer, saying that because the increase in minimum wage from 18,000 to N30, 000 was 66%, therefore they want 66% increment across board. “We told them that the minimum wage was not raised from N18,000 to N30,000 through percentage increase but as a result of consideration of economic factors including ability to pay,” he said. He further explained how the delay came about, giving clearer details on the conflicts in the percentage adjustment.
“However, we said that if they want consequential adjustments in percentage terms, we will use a percentage that when applied will not exceed what has been provided for in the budget. “The computation based on percentage which government had given to labour, was 9.5% from level 7 to 14 including level 1-6 of those salary structures that did not benefit from the minimum wage.
“And then five percent from level 15 to 17. Labour countered the offer and proposed 30 per cent increase for level 7 to 14 and 25% for level 15 to 17. Nigeria’s monthly minimum wage earned in just 5 hours on duty in American company “One point we keep repeating is, it will be unfair that because you gave the person earning minimum wage N12, 000, you give a level 17 officer almost N100, 000 if you apply 25 percent,’’ he said. Egbule said that at the last meeting between the Federal Government and the labour unions, the government proposed a 10% increment for level seven to 14 and a 5.5% increase for level 15 to 17.
He advised labour to come to a compromise because government had so far be generous in agreeing to increase salaries without threating downsize. “Labour is currently stretching out and eating up the time that people could have used in benefiting from the adjustment because the new minimum wage was implemented since April.
“My advice is for labour to accept the terms for now and prepare to fight for the harmonization of salaries that is coming up. Harmonization of salaries will take care of this issue. Most interesting news about the latest ASUU strike update today 2019 “The committee has already been formed and awaiting inauguration. I want them (labour) to know this and liberate us from this unnecessary log jam,” he said.