Minimum Wage Delay No Longer Acceptable, Employers Tell Buhari
Private sector employers in Nigeria are not happy with President Buhari’s camp over the delay in coming up with a decision on the proposed new National Minimum Wage.
The employers under the aegis of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA on Thursday said the indecisive disposition of the government to the implementation of a new national minimum wage was unacceptable.
The association also described an industrial action in January next year, due to slow action in transmitting a bill to the National Assembly, as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari, as counter-productive and disruptive to businesses in Nigeria.
The Director-General of NECA, Mr Timothy Olawale, in a statement issued in Lagos, expressed concern that seven weeks after the report was submitted by a National Minimum Wage Committee inaugurated by the President, the government was still planning to subject the report to a review by another technical committee.
“Globally, there is a recognised and acceptable process of setting a National Minimum Wage as enshrined in the ILO Convention 131.
“This process had been adopted in previous National Minimum Wage setting in Nigeria and was meticulously applied by the National Minimum Wage Committee inaugurated by the President in December 2017,” Olawale stated.
He added: “It was expected that following the submission of the National Minimum Wage Committee’s Report to the President on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, expedited action would be taken in transmitting a bill to the National Assembly as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This delay in the completion of the process had led to the proposed strike by labour, which is totally undesirable and should be avoided.”
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