Minimum Wage: NLC, State Govt Sign Agreement

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Ebonyi State government and the organized labour in the state on Monday night signed an agreement on the new minimum wage table to be used to pay workers’ salary.

Governor David Umahi had last week Friday during the signing of the 2020 budget announced that payment of the new minimum wage will start on January 1st, 2019 hence the signing of the agreement by the Labour union and state government.

Consequently, workers on grade level 7 will get 39% salary increment while those on grade level 8 will get 16.5%, from grade level 9 to 14 civil servants, are to get upward salary adjustment of 10% while those on level 15 to 17 will get 8% adjustment.

Citizens’ Advocate learnt that the agreement followed months of negotiations between the Joint Negotiating Council and the State Government on the new minimum wage, especially on consequent incremental table to be adopted for payment.

Commissioner for Finance in the state, Prof Ogbonnaya Chukwu in a remark, said both sides agreed that Civil Servants from grade level 1 to 6 will get a consequential increment of 59%.

He explained that the state government and labour agreed that there will not be any arrears paid to the workers as the state does not have the financial capacity for payment of arrears.

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Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (Labour’s Side), Patrick Ok Onyekwe in his submission, noted that the table was accepted by Labour and state government without any imposition.

The state Governor, David Umahi reiterated the commitment of his administration to partner Labour to move the state forward.

The Governor, however, urged the Organized Labour to join hands with the government to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state so that the government will be able to meet the demands of the workers.

The state Head of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, Commissioner for Local Government Okoronkwo and 13 Local Government Chairmen signed for the government while the Chairman and Secretary of the Joint Negotiating Council signed on behalf of the Organized Labour in the state.

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