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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
……Committee to reconvene Monday
……Consequential adjustment, LG, Teachers salaries pose challenges
Negotiation over the consequential adjustment of workers’ salaries and implementation of the #30,000 minimum wage in Ondo state held on Friday, ended without an agreeable figure for the state workers, SUNSHINETRUTH can report authoritatively.
Another meeting has been slated for Monday.
Our correspondent exclusively gathered that government’s team and labour leaders could not agree on consequential adjustment for some grade levels of workers which forced both sides to adjourn for about two hours and reconvened later in the afternoon yesterday without a final decision.
The government’s team was led by the State Head of Service (HoS), Mr Dare Aragbaiye while the labour side was led by the Acting Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Comrade Ilesanmi Oyesanmi; the NLC Chairman, Comrade Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole; and the TUC Chairman, Comrade Helen Odofin.
The meeting that lasted for several hours was also attended by SAC members of JNC, Judiciary Union (JUSUN), NULGE, Parliamentary staff Union (PASAN), Senior Staff Union, as well as Permanent Secretaries of some critical arms of government and the state Accountant General.
SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that the negotiation committee could not agree on consequential adjustment for salaries of GL 7 to 16 while the meeting did accept the salary table presented by the government for GL 1-6 as it meets the federal government’s standard.
It was also learnt that due to dwindling resources, the state government would face difficulties in paying local government workers and primary school teachers the new minimum wage.
The NLC Chairman, Comrade Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole confirmed that an adhoc mini-committee was set to recommend a ‘realistic’ consequential adjustment for GL 7 to 16 and ‘acceptable’ minimum wage for local government workers and primary school teachers.
The state negotiation committee is expected to reconvene on Monday (December 16, 2019) to take decisions on consequential adjustment for the outstanding grade levels.
The State Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye had last week during a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre, Akure assured that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was committed to implementing the new minimum wage whenever negotiation was concluded at the state level.
He explained that consultations are ongoing with Labour Leaders in the state to work out the modalities on the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Aragbaiye noted that Governor Akeredolu was waiting to hear the final outcome of the consultations for him to approve the implementation of the new wage.
The Head of Service, who also assured Workers that the outstanding 2018 leave bonus would be paid, said Governor Akeredolu would fulfill the promise made to Workers during the last May Day celebration to pay the new minimum wage.
According to him, “we would be meeting again this week so we can agree. I can assure you, there would be no problem”