Don’t delay minimum wage payment – Ngige

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Minister of labour and employment Chris Ngige has urged state governments and other employers of labour to start the implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage.

He said the immediate implementation of new salary regime remained the only way to avoid a huge backlog of arrears that will likely create labour unrest for them.

Dr. Ngige also advised the states to avoid the mistake they made in 2011 when they carried out percentage increase across board for workers, thereby placing them in a position of not being able to pay wages, adding that any state that does percentage increase will put itself in a disadvantaged position as it will not be able to pay.

The minister said no state government should refuse to implement the minimum wage being a national law, adding that the earlier they start the implementation, the better it will be for them.

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