Workers’ Day: Doctors, lecturers, others to get pay rise – Ngige

Workers’ Day: Doctors, lecturers, others to get pay rise – Ngige

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige, disclosed on Monday says doctors, lecturers and other categories of civil servants under the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure, Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, popularly known as CONMESS, CONHESS, CONTISS salary scales, will benefit from an undisclosed percentage of pay rise from the Federal Government.

Speaking during the commemoration of the 2023 International Workers’ Day celebration at the Eagle Square, Abuja, Ngige emphasized that the workers will also be paid arrears of the increase from January 2023.

The National Salaries, Wages and Income Commission was working to finalize the increase, Ngige said in a speech at the event.

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“It will also be recalled that since the emergence of the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure on the 1st of January, 2007, it has not been reviewed by any of the past administrations, but for the consequential minimum wage adjustment of 2019 for all wage structures under this government in 2019. However, in line with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerian workers, the Federal Government recently worked out the introduction of a 40% Peculiar Allowance into the remuneration and emoluments of core Federal Civil Servants and other public servants on the CONPSS to help cushion the effects of inflation and other costs of doing their works as they are not on any special allowances.

“This demonstrates the government leadership’s commitment to improving workers’ welfare and conditions of service even without any Industrial action, but a fallout of social dialogue.

“However, other workers in the other different wage structures like CONHESS, CONMESS CONUAS, CONTISS that started their Collective Bargaining with their Employer even with Industrial action are wounding up their CBAs for the National Salaries Incomes and Wages to transmit same for final treatment as provisions were made in the 2023 Appropriations for them with effect from 1st January 2023”.

Earlier, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, announced in March that the Federal Government had approved a pay increase for civil servants.

He stated that the pay rise was included in the 2023 budget and that it would take effect on January 1.

Some civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have since commended the Buhari-led government over the payment of the 40 per cent peculiar allowance together with the April salary.

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