From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Frontline labour leader and labour member of the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission (NSIWC) Comrade Issa Aremu has described as “unhelpful”, “uninformed” and “diversionary” the controversial private member bill sponsored by Hon. Garba Datti Mohammed, seeking to move minimum wage from Exclusive list to concurrent legislative of the 1999 constitution.
He made the assertion during a press conference held in kaduna yesterday.
According to him Minimum Wage on Exclusive list is “a settled issue and, urged legislators , Governors to improve knowledge about labour market issues.
Aremu explained that should the bill become law, the federal government will not have exclusive jurisdiction to determine a national minimum wage and states will now have the power to determine their own minimum wages.
The Labour leader who also doubles as the Vice President of Industrial Global Union advised law makers and Governors to renew their social contract with their constituencies, adding that the sponsored bill shows “a scandalous disconnect” between some representatives and the people they claim to represent.
According to him all Federations of the world maintain minimum labour, health, safety pension, welfare and financial standards failing which sustainable and harmonious development is impossible.