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A1. Public Service Pay Reviews
STAFF COMPENSATION MATTERS
From 2009 to date, the Commission as usual, has been playing very active role in all the processes leading to the review of remuneration in the Federal Public Service, through its recommendations and advice to Government, and the provision of technical input as well as participating on Government side, in the negotiations with the staff unions and professional groups in its various sub sectors. Some of these activities took place during the renegotiation of 2001 ASUU – FGN agreement which was concluded in 2009. Others include:
* Negotiations with other University-based unions:
* Negotiations with staff Union in Polytechnics,Colleges of Education, Medical Doctors, Health professionals and Civil Service under the aegis of National Joint Negotiating Councils as well as the Research and Allied Institutes.
* Consultative meetings to resolve knotty remuneration issues in the Military, Paramilitary, Police and the Intelligence Community. Following Government’s approval, the various collective agreements reached with staff unions for an average of 53.37% increase in the consolidated salaries of Federal Public Service, the Commission issued the following circulars to effect their implementation:
- Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) Ref.N0. SWC/S/04/VIII/298 dated 1st July, 2010;
- Consolidated Top Federal Public Office Holders” Salary Structure (CONTOPSAL) Ref. No. SWC./S/04/VIII/313 and SWC/S/04/VIII/315 dated 1st July, 2010;
- Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS) Ref. N0. SWC/S/04/VIII/301 dated 1st July,2010;
- Consolidated Police Salary Structure (CONPOSS) Ref. N0. SWC/S/04/VIII/304 dated 1st July,2010;
- Consolidated Para -Military Salary Structure (CONPASS) Ref. No. SWC/S/04/VIII/307 dated 1st July, 2010;
- Consolidated Intelligence Community Salary Structure (CONICSS) Ref. No. SWC/S/04/VIII/310 dated 1st July, 2010;
- Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and Associated allowances in the Federal Public Service: Ref. No. SWC/S/04/S.410/220 dated 29th September, 2009;Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) and Associated allowances in the Federal Service: Ref. No. SWC/S/04/S.410/Vol. 11/349 dated 8th December, 2009
- Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure II (CONUASS II) Ref. No. SWC/S/04/S.100/11/403 dated 8th December, 2009;
- Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure II (CONTISS II) Ref. No. SWC/S/04/S.100/11/408 dated 8th December, 2009.
- Pension Review
Following the efforts of the Commission and other stakeholders, Government recently approved increases in the pension of retirees from the public service in relation to salary increases which occurred from 2001 to 2007. The circular, Ref No. SWC/S/04/S.08/Vol.IV/207 dated 5th August 2010, conveying the increases was issued by the Commission. It should be noted that the cost implication of this increase was collated by the Commission. This, no doubt, has been good news to pensioners. The Commission, afterward, hosted the Inter-agency Committee on the Review of Federal Public Service Pensions consequent upon the salary reviews of 2009-2010. The Committee recommended a 53% increase in pensions, and this was approved by the Commission’s Board.The Commission subsequently submitted the recommendation to Government for final approval.
A-3 National Minimum Wage Review
The Commission provided the Secretariat to the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage, chaired by Hon. Justice S. M. Alfa Belgore. The Committee submitted its report to the Federal Government in July 2010, in which it recommended N18, 000.00 as the new National Minimum Wage including a new modality for fixing the minimum wage in future. Following the enactment into law of the new National Minimum Wage of N18, 000 per month, in March 2011, the Commission played a key role by providing the technical input into the negotiations between the Federal Government and the umbrella labour unions (NLC and TUC), leading to the agreement on the level of adjustment in the salaries in the Federal Public Service. The Commission finally issued the circular for the implementation of the new salaries on 18th August, 2011.
A-4 Development of Pay Policy and Machinery for Pay Determination in the
The Commission provided the Secretariat to the National Committee of Experts on Parameters for Wage Fixing in the Federal Public Service, chaired by Prof. V. P. Diejomaoh, which submitted its report to the President on 24th August 2010. The recommendations of the Committee, if approved and implemented, will give the Public Service definite policy and operational regime for salary administration, which will make for equity and industrial peace, taking into consideration government’s ability to pay. The Commission has remained cautious in dealing with the emerging trend of agencies seeking to opt out of the harmonized salaries pending the outcome of Government white paper on the Committee’s report.