The President of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side), AbdlRauf Adeniji, on Thursday said labour had yet to be satisfied with the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 in states, noting that five states had yet to begin negotiation.
Speaking at an event held to launch the Nurses Now Campaign in Abuja, Adeniji, who is also the president of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, said the council met in Bayelsa State to discuss several labour matters and that the leadership would meet again to review implementation in states.
He said, “We just concluded the minimum wage negotiation but operations and regulations in public service must also conform to the minimum wage. That was not discussed on the negotiating table but we used the opportunity in Bayelsa to discuss it.
“The issue of implementation will be discussed at our next meeting. But from the information we received from our representatives in states, many of the state governments have complied. The remaining five states have set up negotiation committees but they are yet to commence negotiation or move as we want. Eighteen states have commenced implementation and the rest have also completed negotiation. We are not satisfied with the implementation so far until everyone is captured.”
Adeniji said the Bayelsa meeting also discussed issues regarding the management of pension fund and high rate of housing scheme which had become unaffordable for workers.