Minimum Wage!! FG Position Unchanged On Workers’ Minimum Wage At ₦24 Per Month
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, emphasized the federal government’s stance on the new minimum wage.
The minister said the N24,000 per month stands, a figure the organised labour has vehemently kicked against.
Ngige said that once minimum wage was fixed, any organisation or state that had the capacity to pay more could do so.
He noted that FEC approved the implementation of the no-work, no pay principle when the federal public service workers go on strike..
The minister said that the technical committee, which was inaugurated on April 27, 2016, did their work and submitted to the FEC in Oct. 2017.
“FEC in turn, empanelled a committee of ten which I chaired to do a government Draft White Paper on those contentious areas that the technical committee had looked at.
“These contentious areas are enforcement of section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act Law of the Federation 2004; this is the section that deals with lockout of workers by their employers without declaring redundancy appropriately.
“Because in some establishments, especially in the private sector, workers are locked out by their employers; so the law there says that if you lock your workers without passing through the normal channel-due process.
“For the period of the lock out, the worker is assumed to be at work and will receive all the remunerations and allowances, benefits accruing to him for the period and that period will also be counted for him as a pensionable period in the computation of his pension.
“But when workers go on strike, the principle of no-work-no-pay will also apply because that principle is enshrined in the same section 43 of the Labour Act,’’ he said.