The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to urgently conclude discussions on the new minimum wage and commence implementation across the board. The TUC Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Mr Gbenga Ekundayo, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.
Ekundayo said that the union had condemned the segmental implementation of the minimum wage for grade levels one to six. NAN reports that the junior public servants from grade one to six have started receiving payment of the new minimum wage from the Federal Government for August salary. This was confirmed on September 22 by Mr Lawrence Amaechi, the National President, Nigeria Civil Service Union, also a member of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council.
Ekundayo said, “The government implemented for grade levels one to six, leaving grades level seven upwards out, and we are still discussing the consequential adjustment and relativity impact. “It needs to be quickly dealt with, concluded. What needs to be done is to go to the negotiation table, discuss these issues and let us have implementation for all the workers.”
Also, the union secretary, Mr Abiodun Aladetan, expressed displeasure over the delay in the implementation of the minimum wage.