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Minimum wage: 3 months negotiation is too long – Olaitan

Abuja — The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, JNPSNC, says the three months given by Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan for negotiations on the new minimum wage to be concluded is too long.

Mr Olakunle Olaitan, the President of the council, who made the observation in Abuja yesterday said considering the level of work already done by the committee before the negotiations broke down, he did not see the committee spending as long as three months to conclude its work.

“Three months to me is a long time and I want to believe that between now and three to four weeks, we will be done.

“Three months is rather too long, although the Acting President did not say that we should not submit our report if we finish before then,’’ he said.

During the May Day rally, the Acting President had assured Nigerian workers that negotiations on the new minimum wage would be concluded in three months.

Olaitan said the committee met with the government side shortly after the May Day rally, adding “we agreed to go back and consult with our members based on the facts available to us.’’

He said the decision at the meeting was that a technical committee should be set up to verify all available records.

“We were made to understand that the claims in our submission had been investigated and that it was in conflict with what the Ministry of Finance, Budget Office as well as the Salaries Income and Wages Commission had packaged.

“What they packaged is far at variance with what we packaged. The Technical Committee will be looking into that,’’ Olaitan said.

He said the claim that two thirds of the entire budget was spent on payment of salaries of civil servants was not true, adding that the committee would unravel “the misinformation’’.


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