Plenary of the Senate has finally passed the decent work bill at a minimum wage threshold of six US dollars per day (US$6.00) and seventy five cent per hour.
The passage of the bill comes in the wake of findings emanating from the conference committee meeting held by the two houses of the National legislature.
The Decent work bill, which originated from the lower house (House of Representatives) was passed by that august body without the setting up of a minimum wage and sent to the senate (the upper house).
The senate after several years of debate and delays passed the bill with a minimum wage of six United States dollars per day and requested a conference committee of both houses to discuss whether or not the amount set as minimum wage should be accepted.
As a result of finding from the conference committee meeting where it was agreed by the two houses through their representatives that the amount remain as minimum wage, the senate's plenary passed the bill Tuesday during its regular session and communicated with the lower house to concur on the passage.
In the conference committee report they said, through consultation and research it was established that minimum wage of employees in Liberia was introduced in 1956 and improved in 1977 to thirty five cent per day.
The committee also stated in their finding that the law should take effect six months after its passage to allow the minimum wage board to carry out effective work as enshrined in the labor laws of Liberia.
The committee amongst several things recommended that due to the constant demand of skilled workers for wages and the improvement of their living conditions, that a base line of wages be set at seventy five cent per hour and six dollars per day considering the expansion of mining and the emergence of new businesses and the high economic as justification.
"The existing minimum wage seems unrealistic and setting minimum wage at this level will help improve the welfare of vulnerable workers constant with the dynamics and to encourage poverty reduction among low wage earners, and that a periodic data relating to wage and employment be encourage consistently to make minimum wage analysis easier for the minimum wage board," states Plenary.
The committee also recommended that within the six month before the law becomes effective the minimum wage board should come up with wages of all categories of workers as required by the law.