Minimum Wage: There is No Going Back on December 31st Deadline-Biobelemoye

By Paschal Emeka.

JOHESU Chairman, Josiah Biobelemoye

The National Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, Mr. Josiah Biobelemoye has cautioned that the patience of the organized labour with respect to minimum wage of N30, 000 has been over-stretched, re-stating that the December 31st, 2018 deadline given to the Federal government, FG to submit the executive bill on the matter to the National Assembly remains intact.

Mr Biobelemoye was responding to a question posed on him on the minimum wage issue at a media talk show in Abuja yesterday. He described as diversionary the FG decision to set up Technical committee on the matter to ensure that its implementation did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

“There is no need for any other Technical committee. We have had enough consultation and discussion with relevant stakeholders including Salary and wages commission on this and arrived at N30,000. And the highest authority on issue relating to wages of workers is Salary and wages commission. Setting up any other committee is not necessary,” JOHESU Chairman said.

“Is it because it is the workers that are involved? Do they usually set up technical committee to review the recommendations of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC when it has to do with their own payments?” He queried.

“We are fed up with committees, send our wage bill to National assembly let the legislative work start, no more no less” he concluded

It could be recalled that the three labour bodies, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) jointly met in Lagos recently and gave FG the deadline of 31st December 2018  to send the tripartite committee report on N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly.

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