No Plan To Increase Salary of Nigerian Workers – FG
Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has denied viral reports that the federal government intends to review the pay of public and civil servants.
Ngige reportedly told State House Correspondents in Abuja that the increase he alluded to was on the pay and benefits of the affected employees, particularly civil servants.
The statement from the minister, which was signed by Mr. Olajide Oshundun, Head of Public Relations at the Ministry, contained a denial.
The statement said, “The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has been alerted to the news item that the FG is reviewing salaries of public and civil servants, which was a result of his interaction with State House Correspondents after his recent meeting with Mr. President.
“The minister wishes to make it clear that the increase he mentioned was on the wages and benefits of the affected employees, particularly the civil servants.”
According to the statement, the Presidential Committee on Salaries received recommendations for the review of many Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government’s allowances through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The committee addressed the allowances component of the requests, including the peculiar allowance for Federal Civil Servants among others, because the salary component is not currently being reviewed by the committee.
According to the ministry, compensation, also known as emolument or remuneration, consists of a salary component and an earned allowance component.
Therefore, the FG through the PCS could not have engaged in the salary review without involving the workers through their unions, represented by these two labour federations of workers in Nigeria – The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.
Salary review or renegotiation is part of social dialogue, and the result is typically a Collective Bargaining Agreement that is generally agreed to by both parties – employers and employees.
For the avoidance of doubt, the minister made it clear to the press corps that it was still a work-in-progress and that the final results of this allowances review would be submitted to Mr. President for consideration and final approval.
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