Tommy Okon, President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) and Vice President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), clarified that the recent 25% to 35% increase in workers’ salaries announced by the federal government is not the minimum wage. Okon stated that the approval aimed to address salary discrepancies within various ministries, departments, and agencies, rather than establishing a new minimum wage.

He emphasised the importance of informing workers and the public about the nature of the salary increase, highlighting that it was intended to bridge wage gaps within the civil service. Okon noted that while the increase is beneficial, it does not constitute the minimum wage, which is still under negotiation.

The federal government’s announcement of salary increases affects civil servants on six consolidated salary structures, including CONPSS, CONRAISS, CONPOSS, CONPASS, CONICCS, and CONAFSS. Meanwhile, the Organised Labour, represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has set a deadline for the government to finalize negotiations on the new national minimum wage.

NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, stressed the urgency of concluding negotiations by the end of May. He warned that failure to reach an agreement by then could jeopardize industrial peace in Nigeria.

Ajaero reiterated that negotiations for the new minimum wage have been ongoing, with the trade union movement presenting a demand of N615,000. He urged social partners to respond with their offer promptly to avoid potential unrest.





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