Minimum wage: Negotiating council wants urgent adjustment of all civil servants salaries

THE Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) Trade Union Side (TUS) has implored the Federal Government to take urgent steps to kick-start negotiation with the Joint Council on the issue of consequential adjustments arising from the new National Minimum Wage.

In a statement issued in Abuja, the Chairman of the TUS, Comrade Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji, and the Secretary, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, pointed out that since the N30,000 monthly minimum wage has been signed into law, millions of workers especially the civil servants, were expecting immediate commencement of the implementation of the new salaries.

The statement read: “This is the more reason why we urge the Federal Government to immediately meet with the Trade Union Side of the Joint Council to work out the consequential adjustments and produce a fresh salary structure in line with the new National Minimum Wage.”

According to the statement, the normal practice is that once a new minimum wage is fixed, a fresh salary table is generated so that employees in all Salary Grade Levels will benefit from the new emoluments.

“This is the standard practice all over the world and Nigeria should not be an exception,” they added.

According to them, the generation of a fresh salary table in line with the new minimum wage would also prevent distortion and overlapping.

They recalled that after the 2011 National Minimum Wage was fixed, the consequential adjustment was not properly handled.

The statement stated further: “Instead, the Government decided to award N900 across board for all the other grade levels in the civil service thereby distorting the salary chart.  This led to a lot of crisis, a scenario that should not be allowed to repeat itself this time around.

“Government should not continue to create avoidable crisis in the civil service and this is why we are now urging it to do the needful by urgently inviting the Joint Council with a view to commencing negotiation on a new salary table that will meet the aspirations of workers.”

It stated that once a new salary table was generated, it would help to maintain the current relativity among all grades in the civil service; adding, “the new table will also go a long way to assist the State Governments to have a seamless implementation of the new minimum wage and where negotiation will be required at all, it will be a minor exercise.”