Minimum wage: Govt Approves 104K for all Workers in Qatar as Nigerian govt Begs NLC Over 30k

 While workers in Nigeria are coping with N30,000 as minimum wage, Qatar’s government has implanted a new legislation mandating that all employees receive a minimum monthly wage of N104,000 ($275). 

According to Aljazeera, the new minimum wage law came into force on Saturday, March 20. The publication reported that the new law would benefit hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in the Gulf country. Qatar is the first country in the region to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage. 

 However, in Nigeria, some state government are struggling to pay workers the N30,000 minimum wage. 

This has prompted the organised labour to reject the minimum wage bill before the National Assembly. 

The bill seeks to remove the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list, thereby giving states the power to decide on minimum wage payments. In response, the federal government has pleaded with the organised labour to drop its planned industrial action over the bill.

 The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, made the appeal Tuesday, March 23, at the meeting of the National Labour Advisory Council in Owerri, Imo state, The Punch reported. 

The Nation reported that Ngige said he supports the organised labour’s opposition to the bill. But the minister, however, pointed out the there was no need for labour to embark on strike over the issue. 

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