Nigerian state governors have been given December 31, 2019 as deadline by which negotiations on consequential adjustment occasioned by the new minimum wage must end.
The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, which negotiated the consequential adjustment arising from the new minimum wage of N30,000 with the Federal Government, on Thursday said that it had reached out to all state governors in Nigeria to immediately begin negotiation with workers in their states.
Letters given the governors deadline were said to have been dispatched on Wednesday, sources at the JNPSNC said.
The letter, dated November 6, 2019 with reference number JNPSNC/TUS/VOL.VI/686, was signed by the acting chairman of JNPSNC, Anchaver Simon, and the secretary, Lawal and titled, ‘Urgent need for commencement of negotiation of consequential adjustment of salaries arising from the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month in the states of the federation.’
JNPSNC wrote in the letter: “The national leadership of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council presents its compliments to the Executive Governor and wishes to inform you that negotiation of consequential adjustment arising from the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month has just been concluded at the federal level and an agreement signed to that effect by all parties.
“It is necessary to inform you that the negotiation of consequential adjustment is expected to commence at the state level immediately. The negotiation will be handled by organised labour in the state to be led by the JNPSNC.
“We are hereby demanding that Your Excellency open up negotiation with the joint council in your state so that the entire exercise can be concluded on or before December 31, 2019.”