By: Valentine Adese (JP),
Plateau State Local Government Workers and the 17 Local Government Chairmen have reached an agreement to pay the N30, 000.00 Minimum Wage and to commence from November, 2020, thereby ending weeks of the workers protest in the state.
The parties have also agreed to start the payment with November and December salaries of 2020.
In the resolution signed by Government and Labour sides after the negotiations and resolutions, the parties thanked the State Government for returning the payment of Local Government staff salaries to their respective Local Government Councils, while appreciating the State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong for his support and commitment towards a harmonious labour relation in the state.
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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF EXPANDED JOINT NEGOTIATING COUNCIL, PLATEAU STATE OVER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL IN PLATEAU STATE, ON 12TH JANUARY, 2021
In furtherance of the desire to implement the New Minimum Wage to Local Government staff and Primary School Teachers in the State, the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) Government and Labour sides, met severally with the Chairmen of the seventeen Local Government Councils and at the end of the meeting on Tuesday 12th January, 2021 resolved as follows:
- Local Government Council Chairmen thanked the State Government for returning the payment of Local Government staff salaries to the respective Local Government Councils.
- The Local Government and Labour further appreciated the State Governor for his support and commitment to a harmonious labour relation in the State.
- The Local Government Council Chairmen have agreed to implement New National Minimum Wage of N30, 000.00 to Local Government Workers.
- That a staff audit shall be carried out immediately to ascertain the actual staff strength of both Local Government Staff and Primary School Teachers in the Local Governments. Membership of the Audit Committee to be broad-based and include labour.
- Payments of the new minimum wage shall commence with effect from November, 2020, based on the agreed Salary Table.
- The Local Government Council Chairmen and Labour shall jointly address any issue that might affect the smooth implementation of the New Minimum Wage.
- Labour on the other hand, appealed that:
- Payment of November and December salaries be paid immediately and centrally;
- The salary be periodically reviewed subject to the completion of the staff audit, improved Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and reviewed Revenue Sharing Formula;
iii. Local Government Councils should look into the issue of Call Duty and Rural Posting allowance for deserving health workers and their salaries should remain consolidated;
- The State Government should in the spirit of negotiation, withdraw the pending case at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) instituted by the Government as well as the Local Government workers being prosecuted for their involvement in the struggle.
- No staff should be victimized for involvement in the course of the struggle;
In WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have set their hands in the manner hereunder.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SIDE
NAME: Hon Ezekiel V. Pabuet
NAME: Comr. James Diwa
RANK: ALGON Chairman
RANK: Chairman JNC