- There is hope for all workers across Nigeria to benefit from the N30, 000 new minimum wage recently signed into law
- General secretary of NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, said the law has ripple effects on other categories of workers who are currently earning above the minimum wage
- Ozo-Eson disclosed that employers that employ less than 25 people are exempted from the law
General secretary of NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, said not only workers earning less than N30, 000 would benefit from the new wage law but all categories of workers would eventually benefit from the new salary scale that would be done to reflect the new law
Ozo-Eson who made this known on Friday, May 3, said the new minimum wage law it has ripple effects on other categories of workers who are currently earning above the minimum wage, because there is the need to maintain vertical relativity of the salary table, The Guardian reports.
He said: “Labour always argue that once a new minimum wage law comes into effect, it has ripple effects on other categories of workers who are currently earning above the minimum wage, because there is the need to maintain vertical relativity of the salary table, particularly for the federal and state governments workers. Therefore, some adjustments on salary tables would need to be effected.
“The issue of wage, generally, should be dealt with at the level of individual unions. Both the NLC and TUC lead the struggle for a fresh minimum wage, but the negotiation of how salaries are adjusted should take place at the level of industrial unions or state councils when dealing with governments.“
''In situations where the workers are not unionised, the minimum wage is a law that binds all employers. If there is no union in an establishment, it means there is no collective bargaining in determining wages, which poses some problems, in which case it is the prerogative of the employer to see what adjustments are needed to be effected.
“But ideally, labour believes that all establishment should be unionised, so that collective bargaining can collectively take place in determining wage issues. Employers that employ less than 25 people are, however, exempted from the law.
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“The new law put that exemption of employers who employ less than 25 people. This was part of what the tripartite committee recommended, that it should be removed, so that the law applies to everybody, including those that employ domestic workers.”
Legit.ng previously reported that the implementation of the new national minimum wage bill recently signed into law might be delayed following reports that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, is yet to forward the new minimum wage Act to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) for speedy implementation.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new national minimum wage bill into law recently after months of negotiations between the federal government and labour unions in the country.
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