The payment of the new minimum wage to civil servants in the country by the federal government has commenced.
Junior public servants from grade 1 to 6 have begun receiving payment of the new minimum wage from the federal government for August 2019 salary.
This was confirmed on Sunday, September 22, by Lawrence Amaechi, the national president of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) who is also a member of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC), The Nation reports.
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He said: “They have gone to commence the payment. They told us that they have started the payment and we have confirmed from our members that they were paid in August and have promised to pay the arrears in September.
“But, negotiations have stalled for now and during our last meeting, we said we were going to report to our principals, which we have done. We are waiting for directives from our members on what to do”.
However, NCSU’s president said that the union has begun mobilisation with the hope that the federal government will improve on what it has started.
It was reported that Organised Labour had heightened its planned nationwide strike over consequential adjustment arising from the N30,000 new minimum wage, saying only President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal intervention can stop the industrial action.
The disclosure was made by the secretary to the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), Alade Bashir Lawal.