Minimum Wage: FG Blames Labour For Delay In Implementation

The Federal Government has attributed delay in the implementation of the “Consequential Adjustment” of the N30, 000 new minimum wage to the unrealistic demands of labour unions.

Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule
Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule

The Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule made this known in an interview with Newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

Egbule explained that the current demand of the labour unions would raise the total wage bill too high and that was why government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments.

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He said that at the last meeting between the Federal Government and the labour unions, the government proposed a 10 per cent increment for level seven to 14 and a 5.5 per cent increase for level 15 to 17.

Egbule advised labour to come to a compromise because government had so far been magnanimous in agreeing to increase salaries without any threat of downsizing.

He reiterated the commission’s commitment to giving sound advice to the government on the portion of national income that should be devoted to the payment of salaries and wages.