Minimum wage: Ekiti, labour reach agreement
NEWSMAN, Ado – Ekiti State Government and organised labour have finally reached on the implementation of minimum wage and consequential adjustment for workers in core civil service and Local Government Service as well as the judiciary and health workers.
The deal was struck in Ado-Ekiti following the ability of the orgnised labour and government representatives to reach a workable compromise on the matter.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting held on Tuesday and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, it was agreed that the salaries of officers in the civil service be adjusted. The communique was jointly signed by the government negotiation team and representatives of the organised labour in the state.
Head of Service, Peju Babafemi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters, Comrade Oluyemi Esan and Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Service Matters, Bayo Opeyemi, signed on behalf of government.
Chairman Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Kayode Fatomiluyi, Secretary, Comrade Gbenga Olowoyo; Chairman NLC, Comrade Kolapo Olatunde, NLC Secretary, Comrade Akinyemi Taiwo; Chairman Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Sola Adegun; and Secretary, Comrade Lawrence Kulogun, signed on behalf of Labour.
According to the agreement, the core civil servants on grade level 7 are to get 23.2% adjustment; grade level 8 (20%); grade level 9 (19%); grade levels 10 to14 (16%); and grade levels 15 to17, (14%).
Health workers in the state on grade level 01 to 04 will be given 23.2%, grade level 05-07 (16%), grade level 08-14(12%) and grade level 15-17 (7%).
The communique added that adjustment for workers on grade level 13-17 will be implemented by the government based on the recommendation of the Economic Review Committee which will comprise labour and government representatives as federal allocation improves, while implementation for officers on grade level 07-12 will commerce by January 2021.
It was also agreed that government would not retrench, victimize or intimidate any worker as a result of the implementation and no labour leader would be penalized or sanctioned over roles played in the course of the negotiations.
“It was jointly signed that this agreement has brought to an end the agitation on minimum wage and consequential adjustment for officers on GL 01-12 and shall be implemented for officers on GL13 and above without prejudice’’.
That the implementation of the minimum wage and consequential adjustment for officers on GL 07 to GL 12 in the civil service, local government, judiciary and health workers would commence this January, 2021.
Babafemi expressed profound gratitude to the Government for creating a conductive and peaceful environment for Ekiti Workers.
She affirmed that Ekiti is blessed with cerebral, hardworking and diligent officers in the public service who are ready to deliver on the agenda of government to the people of the state.
“I want to assure the workers that the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi is committed to their wellbeing. On this note, I urge all our workers to continue to put in their best”, she added.
Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Kayode Fatomiluyi, speaking on behalf of Labour, said the journey towards signing the agreement was quite hectic and involved serious brainstorming sessions , The Nation reported.
‘‘I was happy that both government and labour have finally reach a compromise on the matter’’, he added.
He stressed further, that “the organized labour have confidence in our amiable Governor that he walks his talk and we want to believe that what we have signed is in the best interest of our teaming members”.