New minimum wage: We’re still negotiating with labour – Plateau state govt.

There are reports that the Plateau state government is in agreement with the new minimum wage – However, the state has denied such reports and claims, describing them as false – The government said that it is only in the processes of negotiating with organised labour on the new payment structure The Plateau state government has denied reports that it accepted to pay the new minimum wage without first embarking on negotiations with representatives of organised labour in the state on the upward review of workers’ salaries. Dan Manjag, the commissioner of information and communication, said that the state government’s committee is still in the processes of reaching an agreement of the new payment structure as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Manjag, however, stated in clear terms that the state is will not relent in efforts to look into and cater for the welfare of civil servants in Plateau.

The Plateau state government said that it is still negotiating with organised labour unions on the new minimum wage. Meanwhile, the ministry of finance, budget and planning on Monday, December 30, said some civil servants in various ministries, agencies and departments had started receiving arrear payment of the approved minimum wage. A director at the ministry said some of the workers had already received the payment alerts from their banks. The director called on the workers to remain optimistic as all arrears will be paid before the end of December as promised by the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed. “To be frank with you, I have just received mine but hopefully other workers who have not received theirs will get it soon,” the director who spoke on anonymity said. Ahmed had earlier assured Nigerian workers that the consequential adjustment made to the salaries would be paid to all by the end f December 2019.


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