Written by on October 14, 2019

Ahead of the expiration of the ultimatum issued by labour unions over the minimum wage implementation, the unions have asked their branches across the country to get set for an industrial action.

Labour leaders issued a communiqué, warning that economic activities would be shut on October 16 if the federal government failed to reconvene a meeting of the committee on consequential adjustments of workers’ salaries based on the new minimum wage.

The General Secretary of Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal, last week said mobilisation of workers for a possible industrial action after October 16 had reached an advanced stage.

He said the partial implementation of the minimum wage for levels one to six was a ‘divide and rule’ system that would be vehemently opposed by labour.

The major issue delaying the full implementation of the minimum wage is the percentage salary increase for certain categories of workers.

Labour is demanding 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17.

But the federal government had presented a proposal of 11 per cent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to14 and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17.

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