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Sierra Leone Business: Labour Congress proposes Le1,750,000 as national minimum wage

The Sierra Leone Labour Congress has called on the Minister of Labour to convene the Joint National Negotiating Board (JNNB) to review the minimum wage which presently is Le500,000. In a letter dated 2nd November and addressed to the Minister, the Labour Union noted that a review of the National Minimum Wage as provided for in the Regulation of Wages and Industrial Relations Act No. 18 of 1971 is long overdue. The Union drew attention to President Bio’s pronouncement at the State Opening of Parliament where he stated that, “the minimum wage has not only been low, but incomparable to living standards.” The last review was done in January 2015, and there is now the need for another review as provided by Section 4 (3) of the Regulation of Wages and Industrial Relations Act No. 18 of 1971. The Labour Congress is now proposing a review from Le500,000 to Le1,750,000. Private sector entrepreneurs claim this will lead to massive redundancies as the proposed minimum wage is seen to be too high for ordinary business people and even heads of households who hire household helps.

By Zainab Iyamide Joaque

Monday November 05, 2018.

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