Federal government blame Labour unions for delay in payment of new National Minimum Wage


The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, has attributed the delay in the full implementation of the new National Minimum Wage to the unrealistic demands by labour unions.

Oyo-Ita, who made this known in Abuja, during a two-day retreat for top management staff of her office, said negotiations were on between the government and the unions.

The retreat on Manpower Development Institutes and Federal Training Centres, was on the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP).

The FCSSIP was articulated to drive the transformation of the Nigerian civil service in line with global standard.

Oyo-Ita said the unrealistic demands were put forward by the Senior Staff Unions among the Labour leaders in the negotiations.

Oyo-Ita said the federal government would not allow the demands of the senior staff unions to affect those the minimum wage was largely meant to address, the low income earners.