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Minimum Wage Commission receives training

Minimum Wage Commission receives training

Business Reporter


The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation held a two-day induction workshop for the five newly appointed members of the Wage Commission.


The commission was appointed to investigate the possibility of introducing the National Minimum Wage (NMW) which aims to improve the wages of the lowest-paid workers, reduce income inequality, alleviating poverty, and achieving a decent standard of living for all.


The two-day induction course was aimed at engaging the commission on its work, unpacking terms of references, sharing both national and international experiences on national minimum wage mechanism setting.


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MINIMUM WAGE: Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation, Utoni Nujoma. – Photo: Anna Sakeus


The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation, Utoni Nujoma in his keynote address, said the work of the wage commission can result in the improvement of the living standards of hundreds or even thousands of people, and therefore it should pay attention during its investigation to the implications of trying to support a family on low wages.


“While the solution to the problem would not be based on minimum wages alone, the minimum wage can make a difference,” Nujoma said.


Also speaking at the occasion, Deputy Director for Labour Services, Aune Mudjanima, stated that the International Labour Commission (ILO) Standards Minimum Wage Fixing Convention, 1970 requires member states to establish a national system for minimum wage.


“Although Namibia has not ratified the convention, it is implementing and adhering to the convention,” Mudjanima said.


She further noted that having a national minimum wage would reduce labour complaints and disputes adding that it is sometimes difficult to enforce laws in sectors where there is no minimum wage and especially in the informal sector where there are no working formal contracts in place.


The deadline for written presentations by interested persons concerning the national minimum wage and related supplementary terms and conditions of employment should not be later than 30 June 2021.


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