The Plenary of the House of Representatives has unanimously voted to reject the US$6 per day set aside by the Liberian Senate as minimum wage for unskilled laborers in Liberia.
Plenary is the highest decision making body of the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers of the lower House overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion of US$7.20 cent per hour filed by Grand Bassa County Representative Byron Jeh Browne.
The lawmakers took the decision on Thursday, September 12, 2013 during their regular session. The latest action taken by Members of the House of Representatives comes just two (2) days after the House of Senate passed the Decent Work Bill with a minimum wage of US$0.75 cent per hour and US$6 per day.
However, the latest rejection by the House of Representatives brings to two the number of times the Decent Work Bill has been rejected by that august body in recent time.
It can be recalled that the Senate sometimes ago, passed the Decent Work Bill, and set a minimum wage of US$6 per day, but was later rejected by the House of Representatives.
The House had previously passed the Bill without setting a minimum wage for unskilled laborers. The rejection by the lower House of Representatives led to the formation of a Joint Conference Committee comprising of members from both Houses of the Liberian Legislature's relevant committees including Labor and Judiciary.
Introduced in the 52ndLegislature by former Senators Nathaniel Innis, and Roland Kaine, of Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties in 2010, the Decent Work Bill had suffered series of setback including disagreements and arguments over a minimum wage legislation.
The Senators' decision to pass the bill during last Tuesday's sitting stemmed from a report submitted from the Conference Committee to Plenary.
In the report, the Committee said the wages of unskilled labourers must be increased in order to "enhance the improvement of the welfare of Liberian workers, taking into account the economic reality.
But the latest action taken by members of the House of Representatives signifies that the Decent Work Bill would again be sent to the House of Senate to decide on the new minimum wage of US$7.20 cent per day.
It remains unclear whether or not the Decent Work Bill, which has languished before the legislature for a little over three (3) years, would be passed before the annual agriculture break of the lawmakers.