The chairmen of the state congresses of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will meet on Tuesday to decide on the procedures to approach in their negotiation with state governors over the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Speaking in an interview, Issa Ore, Kwara State NLC Chairman, said the recent agreement between the Federal Government and the central organised labour would act as a guideline for the state congresses meeting in Enugu in the negotiation of the consequential adjustments of the minimum wage in various states.
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“All the chairmen of the NLC in the 36 states have scheduled a meeting for Enugu on Tuesday where we are going to discuss modalities which we are going to adopt for negotiations of the new minimum wage for our members in each state. It is when we return from the meeting that we are going to start negotiations with the state governments,” Ore told the Punch.
Also speaking, Viginus Nwobodo, Enugu State NLC Chairman, confirmed that the state is hosting the congress meeting.
“I will be hosting a retreat of all the 36 state chairmen of the NLC in Enugu on Tuesday and the issues of the minimum wage consequential adjustments will be discussed as they relate to states.”
The Enugu meeting comes a week after the organised labour and the Federal Government reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment of the N30,000 new minimum wage.
The Federal Government and labour agreed on 23.2 per cent increase for workers at grade level 07; 20 per cent for those at grade level 08; 19 per cent for workers at grade level 09; 16 per cent for those on levels 10 to 14; and 14 per cent for workers at grade levels 15 to 17.
The agreement comes 182 days after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage into law.