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House Debates Decent Work Bill Tuesday

The House of Representatives has deferred discussions on the Legislature’s Joint Conference Committee Report regarding the Decent Work Bill to tomorrow, Tuesday.

Members of the House of Representatives unanimously reached the decision last Thursday, following the reading of the committee’s report in Session.
Plenary noted that it was necessary to defer the discussions to allow them time to peruse the document to put them in a proper position to make informed inputs on the matter.
However, Plenary has accordingly mandated Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon to ensure that copies of the report are served the 73 members of the House of Representatives before Tuesday’s Session.
Following a protracted period of three years, members of the Liberian Senate, last week, overwhelmingly voted for the passage of the Decent Work Bill.
The decision by the Senate’s Plenary followed a recommendation made in a report from the Joint Committee on Labor and the Judiciary.
According to the Joint Committee recommendation, the numerical dollar value for Minimum Wage for the informal sector workers is US$3.40 cent, while formal sector workers shall be paid US$5.50 cent per day.
Section 501 of the Liberian Labor Law gives the National Minimum Wage Board the mandate to review wages paid to employees for possible adjustment in order to respond to changing times and economic conditions in the labor sector of Liberia.
The bill was sent back to committee room the week before last, following intense debates in Plenary on the minimum wage set at $5.60 per day for employees as previously recommended in the Report by the Joint Committee on Labor and the Judiciary.
The passage of the Bill may now bring relief to the labor sector and further guarantees job security of all employees in workplaces.
Prior to the passage of the bill, both the House of Representatives and Liberian Senate passed the bill, but with different versions. The leaderships of the two chambers resolved to set up a conference committee, which took about one year to conclude its findings regarding the way forward. However, following the threat of a five-day go-slow action issued recently by the Liberia Labor Congress, the Liberian Senate- ahead of the protest, passed the bill.-Editing by George Barpeen

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