New minimum wage: Delay in implementation is unacceptable - NECA tells Buhari
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New minimum wage: Delay in implementation is unacceptable - NECA tells Buhari

- The non-implementation of a new national minimum wage by the federal government has been criticised by an association of employers

- The association says this has led to the proposed strike of January 2019, adding that the industrial action will cause a lot of damages to businesses across the country

- According to the association, businesses and the economy at large cannot afford another avoidable strike

The Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) has said the federal government's delay on the implementation of a new national minimum wage is unacceptable.

This was contained in a statement issued in Lagos by the director general of NECA, Timothy Olawale, Punch reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the association said the delay in the implementation of a new minimum wage led to the proposed strike of January 2019 by labour.

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The statement read: “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.

“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.”

“Businesses are at present encumbered by several challenges and any avoidable labour action at the beginning of the year or any time whatsoever would be counter-productive, disruptive and would not be welcomed."

According to Olawale, there is no point in dragging the economy down further when it just emerged from recession. He warned that further disruption of business activities might sound the death knell for many enterprises in the country.

The statement added: "The President should, without delay, transmit an Executive Bill to the National Assembly as promised, to enable it to finalise the process leading to the enactment of a new National Minimum Wage Act. Businesses and the economy at large cannot afford another avoidable strike.”

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Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari was urged by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to take urgent steps to address the lingering issue on the new national minimum wage by immediately forwarding an executive bill to the National Assembly to legalise the recommendation of the tripartite Committee.

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the NLC president, said Nigerian workers were running out of patience with the government over the delay and were getting more and more agitated.

Recall that the national minimum wage tripartite committee put in place by the president to review the current minimum wage had presented its report recommending N30,000 as the national minimum wage, but the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said they can’t pay the figure presented by the committee.

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