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Seat of the National Legislature, Monrovia

Passed! Minimum Wage Set at US$6/day

Decent Work Bill Finally Endorsed
By: 
Keith Morris

At long last, the House of Representatives finally concurred with the Liberian Senate Tuesday in setting a "minimum wage" for Liberian workers.

The House agreed to set the minimum wage for skilled workers at US$6.00 per day, while unskilled and domestic workers are subject to US$4.00 per day.

Said legislation covers all sectors of the economy, including government and concessionaires.

The latest decision is based on recommendations from the Joint Committees on Labour, Ways, Means and Finance and Judiciary which reported to plenary after working on the proposed legislation.

Both houses last summer passed the bill with conflicting versions, forcing both chambers to constitute a Conference Committee to further discuss and agree on a single position.

According to the Constitution, both houses must agree under the same accord before sending said legislation to the President for signature.
In Representative Acarous M. Gray's motion, plenary concurred with the Senate while taking into consideration the protection of employers and employees under this proposed legislation.

However, Gray's fellow Montserrado County representative, Edwin Snowe, filed a motion for reconsideration and expected to reopen the debate soon.

In the midst of Snowe's motion, plenary agreed that a Minimum Wage Board is constituted after two years in order to study the economic variables of the nation and make increments in wages when necessary.

The bill is now on its way to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for signature and onward submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be printed into handbills.

Passage of the bill by the Legislature comes as a relief to many industrial workers and organizations, including the Liberia Labor Congress, a body of labor advocates.

The group has over the years, advocate for said legislation, staging several protests on the grounds of the Capitol Building and prevailing upon their lawmakers to act in their best interest.

Liberian Observer

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