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Makinde Reaches N30,000 Minimum Wage Agreement with Organised Labour

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Oyo State Government on Wednesday reached an agreement with the Organised Labour in the state over the N30,000 minimum wage for Civil Servants. 

The announcement was made by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, who led government negotiation team.  

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, noted that the agreement to pay N30,000 to workers was reached following a meeting between the State government’s delegation and the organized Labour.

The statement said the minimum wage according to the agreement reached would take effect from January 2020.

The SSG also noted that the government also agreed on the consequential adjustment required as a result of the new wage.

“It has been a long process because we have had to look deeply into the books and all the factors required to ensure that even as we sign this agreement today, we get an agreement that is sustainable, agreeable and affordable for the Government and the people of Oyo State,” she was quoted as saying. 

In their joint response to the new agreement, the organized Labour expressed satisfaction with the new agreement, noting that the details of the consequential adjustment appeared as a good starting point, given the resources available to the State.

The chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo said the organized Labour has trust in the Governor to keep his words.

“The implementation is immediate. The government has agreed to start the implementation even from January but it will be paid in full in February and the arrears for January will be paid with March salary,” he added. 

On whether the issue of consequential adjustment might cause disagreement among the workforce, Titilola-Sodo said: “But we also agreed that we would be looking at the books regarding the earnings of the State. There is another meeting coming up in the next three months and it is our belief that the Government of Governor Makinde will not be like the Government of some people, who promised that we would have this kind of meeting but reneged.”

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