Ekiti govt reach agreement with teachers, others on minimum wage


Ekiti State Government has reached an agreement with the organised labour on the implementation of the new minimum wage and consequential adjustment for civil servants, as well as the judiciary, local government and health workers.

Part of the agreement stated that the implementation of the consequential adjustment commences this month.

This resulted from a series of meetings labour leaders had with government negotiation team Governor Kayode Fayemi before the end of last year.

In the new agreement, the parties agreed that the salaries of civil servants should be adjusted.

Adjustment for grade levels 13 to 17 would be implemented based on recommendations of the Economic Review Committee (ERC), which would comprise labour and government representatives as allocation improves, while implementation for grade levels 07 to 12 will commence this month.

Implementation of the new minimum wage for workers on grade levels 01 to 06 began since October 2019.

It was also agreed that government would not retrench, victimise or intimidate any worker, as a result of the implementation of the new wage and labour leaders would not be sanctioned for their role during the negotiations.

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“It was jointly signed that the agreement has ended the agitations on minimum wage and consequential adjustment for officers on grade levels 01 to 12 and shall be implemented for officers on level 13 and above without prejudice,” the document stated.

Head of Service (HoS), Mrs. ‘Peju Babafemi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters, Oluyemi Esan and Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Service Matters, Bayo Opeyemi signed for the state government.

Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council, Kayode Fatomiluyi, Secretary, Gbenga Olowoyo, Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kolapo Olatunde, NLC Secretary, Akinyemi Taiwo, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Sola Adegun and Secretary, Lawrence Kulogun signed for labour.

Babafemi expressed gratitude to the state government for creating a conducive and peaceful environment for Ekiti workers.

She pointed out that Ekiti was blessed with cerebral, hardworking and diligent officers in the public service, who are ready to deliver on government agenda and promises to the Ekiti people.

On his part, Fatomiluyi said the journey towards signing the agreement was hectic and involved serious brainstorming sessions, adding, however, that he was happy that government and labour finally arrived at a conclusion.

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“Organised labour have confidence in Governor Fayemi that he will keep his words and we believe that what we have signed the agreement in the best interest of Ekiti workers and the labour movement,” he added.

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