“For the COMESS salary structure, grade 7 receives 23 percent, salary level 8 20 percent, salary level 9 19 percent that of 10 to 14 16 percent, while salary level 15 to 17 receives 14 percent,” he said. As a general rule, the rate of pay is determined by the collective agreement in force or the contract between the employee and the employer. Workers spoke to The Guardian to express their joy at receiving the minimum wage and said it was a welcome development. Commander Oluwafemi Odukalu of the Traffic Control Agency (TRACE) said, “To be honest, I was expecting something close to this increase, but when I saw that the actual amount was added, I was overwhelmed because I didn`t expect much.” Commander Odukalu thanked the governor for keeping his promise. The Guardian has more details about the ascent and the reception it has received. The national minimum wage in Nigeria is set by the government. The government has the power to set up “industrial compensation committees” for certain sectors or geographical areas where it considers wages to be “abnormally low” or where there are no appropriate collective bargaining mechanisms for the effective regulation of wages or other conditions of employment of these workers. Tripartite bodies may make recommendations on rates of pay that the Government may make binding on the employers and workers concerned. The legislation provides for both the National Wages Committee and the Minimum Wage Committee. Beyond wages, an industrial wage commission may, on the basis of the authorization of the Minister, make a recommendation for a condition or conditions of employment different from those of wages. On the third day, the representatives of Goment and Labour met. Nigeria`s labour minister said he needed to find a solution to the implementation of the minimum wage on Thursday to bring down the tension.
He said the third category of the country`s salary structure, which are military and paramilitary officers, is also included in the agreement. The National Minimum Wage Act of 1981 exempts the following enterprises from the obligation to pay the national minimum wage: an enterprise that employs fewer than 50 workers; a company that employs part-time workers (workers who work less than 40 hours per week); an undertaking in which workers are paid on commission or by piece; seasonal workers (as an agriculture); and sailors or crew members of an aircraft. Compliance with the minimum wage is regulated by the labour inspectorate. In case of non-compliance, a person may complain to the labour inspectorate. In case of non-payment of the minimum wage, the employer is liable to a fine of up to 20,000 and a fine of N 100 per day if the offense continues. A court may also order the employer to pay this amount in addition to the fine to compensate for the wage shortfall below the minimum rate. The National Minimum Wage Act also specifies that an agreement on the payment of wages below the national minimum wage is null and void and ineffective. President Buhari signed the new Minimum Wage Act in April 2019. However, implementation has come to a halt due to differences between unions and government officials regarding wage adjustments. . . .