Ekiti State Government has signed an agreement with organised labour on the implementation of minimum wage and consequential adjustment for workers in core civil service and Local Government Service as well as Judiciary and Health workers in the state.
A statement made available to newsmen by Yinka Oyebode, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday, said the implementation of the consequential adjustment will commence in January, 2021.
In the new agreement, which was jointly signed by the government negotiation team and labour leaders in the state on Tuesday evening, salaries of officers in the civil service will be adjusted.
According to Oyebode, adjustment for Grade Level 13-17 will be implemented by the government based on the recommendation of the Economic Review Committee which will comprise labour and government representatives as allocation improves, while implementation for officers on Grade Level 07-12 will commerce by January 2021.
He added that workers on Grade Level 01 to 06 have been enjoying the new minimum wage since October 2019.
The CPS further said it was also agreed that government would not retrench, victimise or intimidate any worker as a result of the implementation and no labour leader would be penalised or sanctioned over roles played in the course of the negotiations.
“It was jointly signed that this agreement has brought to an end the agitation on minimum wage and consequential adjustment for officers on GL 01-12 and shall be implemented for officers on GL 13 and above without prejudice,” the statement stated.
The Head of Service, Mrs ‘Peju Babafemi; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters; Comrade Oluyemi Esan and Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Service Matters, Mr Bayo Opeyemi, signed on behalf of government.
The Chairman Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Kayode Fatomiluyi; Secretary, Comrade Gbenga Olowoyo; Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Kolapo Olatunde; NLC Secretary, Comrade Akinyemi Taiwo; Chairman Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Sola Adegun; and Secretary, Comrade Lawrence Kulogun, signed on behalf of Labour.
The Head of Service, Mrs ‘Peju Babafemi expressed profound gratitude to the government for creating a conductive and peaceful environment for Ekiti Workers.
She affirmed that Ekiti is blessed with cerebral, hardworking and diligent officers in the public service who are ready to deliver on the agenda of government to the people of the state.
“I want to assure the workers that the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi is committed to their wellbeing. On this note, I urge all our workers to continue to put in their best”, she added.
The Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Kayode Fatomiluyi, speaking on behalf of Labour, said the journey towards signing the agreement was quite hectic and involved serious brainstorming sessions. He, however, added that he was happy that both government and labour have come to a conclusion.
He stressed that “the organised labour have confidence in our amiable governor that he walks his talk and we want to believe that what we have signed (today) is in the best interest of our teaming members.”
It would be recalled that the negotiation meeting was put on hold in March 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that, Government had commenced the implementation of the minimum wage for the junior officers in October 2019.
Fayemi, however, directed that negotiations should resume in November 2020, which led to the signing of the agreement on Tuesday.