THE Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has said employers in both the private or public sector, owing workers are committing a crime.
Speaking on the Federal Government’s disposition to the new minimum wage demanded by workers, the Minister last weekend noted that the tripartite committee would ensure that all the parties involved arrived at a fair wage that would be binding on all stakeholders in the economy.
He said state governors owing workers, should have no excuse as they ought to look inward to generate more funds rather than going cap in hand to Abuja for federal allocation.
“Anybody who is not paying his or her workers is committing a crime because it is there, that you don’t employ people you cannot pay.
“Payment of workers’ emolument is legitimate and any worker who demands for his wages is doing the right thing.
“It’s in compliant with the law. It’s in compliance with the conventions of ILO.
“That’s why I found it strange when it was reported that some state governments are not paying their workers,” the Minister said.
He also explains why casualisation of workers has continued to be on the increase despite the intervention by his Ministry and the organised labour.