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Minimum Wage Implementation: Federal Government, Labour Agree

Source: THEWILL. - thewillnigeria.com
L-R: LABOUR MINISTER EMEKA WOGU AND NLC PRESIDENT ABDULWAHAB OMAR.
L-R: LABOUR MINISTER EMEKA WOGU AND NLC PRESIDENT ABDULWAHAB OMAR.
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SAN FRANCISCO, August 02, (THEWILL) – Representatives of the federal government and labour unions Tuesday reached a deal after weeks of negotiations on the modalities for the implementations of the Minimum Wage Act.

Labour leaders had refused to accept government’s offer that only a category of civil servants would benefit from the new minimum wage law.

The federal government however bowed to workers demand which would see all cadre of workers in the employment of government benefit from the Act. The new wage deal takes effect immediately.

A communiqué read to journalists after a closed door meeting between both parties said, “The detailed negotiation on relativity adjustment with respect to the implementation of the minimum wage has been sorted out and agreed upon.

“Modalities will be worked out and these modalities that will be worked out will be worked out by the joint committee and will be tabled before the national executive councils of NLC and TUC.

“It is equally agreed that the implementation of the payment of what has been concluded upon today would begin in August 2011,” the statement added.