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Federal Government Plans To Review Allowances of Workers Not Salaries – Ngige

Federal Government Plans To Review Allowances of Workers Not Salaries – Ngige

By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja.    

After an initial announcement that the Federal Government is planning a review of the salaries of civil servants and government employees, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige has clarified that government’s plan is not in the area of salaries but allowances.

In a statement signed Olajide Oshundun, Head/DD Press and Public Relations Unitt at the ministry of labour and employment, the minister insisted that the increase he talked about was on the remunerations and emoluments of the affected workers especially the civil servants.

The statement read In parts: “The Presidential Committee on Salaries (PCS) through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) received recommendations for review of allowances of many Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government. Because salary component is not being reviewed for now by the committee, it addressed the allowances component of the requests including the peculiar allowance for Federal Civil Servants amongst others.

“In Labour parlance as par payment for compensation for work done, remuneration or emolument is made up of salary component and earned allowance component.

“Therefore, the Federal Government through the PCS could not have engaged on the review of salaries without involving the workers through their Unions, represented by this two Labour Federation of workers in Nigeria - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), salary review or renegotiation is part of social dialogue and the product is usually a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) usually agreed to by both parties – employers and employees.

The labour ministry went further to state that the Minister made it clear to the press corp that it is still work in progress and that the end-product of the planned review of allowances will be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration and final approval and that this was one of the Labour issues he briefed him on, that day.