After much talks and protacted negotiation and disagreements between the Federal Government and the Labour Union, FG has eventually come out with the minimum wage circular which is being presented to the Labour Union.
In the circular, the least paid federal worker on Level 1 Step 1 will earn N360,000 per annum while the highest-paid at Level 17 Step 9 will take home N6,215,435 per annum.
The circular on the new wage, dated November 14 and signed by the Acting Chairman of the National Income, Salaries and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, is copied to top government officials, including the Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, ministers, among others.
It says: “Consequent upon the enactment of the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act 2019 and the negotiations between the Federal Government and organised labour (represented by the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council) in respect of the consequential adjustments of salaries of employees in the federal public service, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the revision of the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) with effect from the 18th of April 2019.”
In the breakdown, a worker on Level 1, Step 1 will earn N360, 000 per annum, while Level 1, Step 15 will earn N422, 566 per annum.
Level 5, Step 1 officer will earn N394, 498 per annum and on Step 15 earn N534, 834 per annum.
Level 7, Step 1 officer will earn N638, 133 per annum and Step 5 will earn N961, 577 per annum.
Level 10 step 1 will earn N1, 060,833 per annum, while Step 15 of the same level will earn N1, 535,417 per annum.
Level 14, Step 1 will earn N1, 503,149 per annum. Step 11 of the same level will earn N2, 101,600.
Organised labour has received the template which they have shared with their state councils to guide them in their negotiations.
President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, yesterday said the circular had been sent to all state chapters.
“We have received the circular and we have sent it to all our state chairmen.”
Asked if state councils have opened negotiations with governors, he said: “There is no update yet because they were waiting for that document.
“We have just sent the document to them. We have to be patient to allow them to kick-start negotiations.”