Minimum wage: We’re still holding talks with labour

Cephas Iorhemen   Less than 24 hours after Benue State government pronounced an approval of N30,009.99 as minimum wage for workers in the state, the government yesterday reversed its decision saying no approval was made to that effect. Governor Samuel Ortom’s Special Adviser on Labour Matters, Chief Ode Enyi, had told journalists that “the governor had approved N30,009.99 as minimum wage for workers”, but hours later, the government said it took the decision in a haste. Though no time was given when the new wage package would be implemented, labour…

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S’Court’s judgement stalls minimum wage in Benue

Cephas Iorhemen The hope of civil servants in Benue State to smile home with the new national minimum wage yesterday hit the rocks as talks between government officials and union leaders on the matter failed to reach a truce. The committee on implementation of the minimum wage headed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Anthony Ijohor and the organised labour met yesterday to fine tune ways to commence implementation but fallouts from meeting had it that the impending governorship judgement case at the Supreme Court forced a…

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Minimum wage: Ogun workers to embark on warning strike

The organised labour in Ogun State has directed workers in the civil and public services to proceed on a two-day warning strike over the state government’s failure to implement the new national minimum wage. It said this became inevitable in view of a decision by Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration to deliberately ignore its correspondences and calls for the constitution of a negotiation committee on the minimum wage. The directive on strike was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency meeting of the organised labour held in…

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Kano set up technical committee on new minimum wage

Kano State might commence full payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage soon as  the state has set up a technical committee to look into the implementation of the new salary regime. The technical committee is given the mandate to review the federal government circular on the full implementation of the new minimum wage before the end of the year, 2019. Speaking yesterday, the state chairman of the National Public Service Negotiation Council, Kano state chapter, Comrade Hashim A. Saleh, said that the state government through the office of the…

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Analysts: Multiple taxation’ll erode minimum wage impact

Pressure to cope with mounting taxes in the near term may stifle benefits of the new minimum for Nigerian workers, new telegraph has learnt Some of the multiple taxes include the proposed reintroduction of toll gates on the highway, stamp duties on POS, excise duties, Value Added Tax (VAT), among others. These taxes, according to analysts from Bismarck Rewane-led Financial Derivatives Company (FDC), will stifle consumers who are already cash strapped. In the latest report by FDC, the analysts explained that the taxes would further stifle the real income of…

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Analysts: Multiple taxes’ll erode new minimum wage’s gain

Pressures to cope with the mounting numerous taxes in the near term may stifle the benefits of the new minimum wage for workers. Some of the mounting taxes include the proposed re-introduction of toll gates on the highway, stamp duties on POS, excise duties and Value Added Tax (VAT), among others. These taxes, according to analysts at the Bismarck Rewane-led Financial Derivatives Company (FDC), would stifle consumers who were already cash strapped. In the latest report by FDC, the analysts explained that  the taxes would further stifle the real income…

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New minimum wage: FG sets December deadline for full payment of arrears

Following the resolution of conflicts surrounding the new minimum wage, the Federal Government, yesterday, acceded to organised labour’s request that the payment be backdated to April when the bill was signed into law. Government also directed that all payments to federal workers are expected to be completed before the end of December 2019. At the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, yesterday, the council approved April 18, this year, as the effective date for the full implementation and payment of the new…

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Okowa to workers: I’ll pay N30,000 minimum wage

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has assured civil servants in the state to count on his administration preparedness and readiness to pay the N30,000 minimum wage as soon as the negotiation between the organised labour and the Federal Government is concluded. The governor, who urged labour leaders in his state to call-off the ongoing strike they embarked upon since Wednesday, noted that his administration had never been in contention with labour over the amount. While declaring open the fifth delegate conference of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of…

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Minimum wage: Uncertainty over FG, labour negotiation

Few hours to the expiration of the ultimatum issued by organised labour to down tools, negotiation between the Federal Government and organised labour over full implementation of the new national minimum wage still appears to be dragging. New Telegraph recalls that organised labour had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike should government fail to meet its demands on or before October 16. But as at 10p.m. when our correspondent filled this report, both teams who were yet to reach an agreement, were reconvening from another round of breakout where…

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FG, labour resumes negotiation on minimum wage

The Federal Government has resumed negotiations with organised labour on the consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage of N30,000 for workers. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, yesterday in Abuja first met with the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) and later with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC). The resumed negotiations primarily aimed at resolving the impasse over the consequential adjustment of the National Minimum Wage, which became imperative following labour’s threat to embark on a nationwide strike come…

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