House of Reps reject bill criminalizing late salary payment

House of Representatives have rejected a bill seeking to criminalize late payment and non-payment of workers’ salaries by employers, following the rising cases of unpaid salaries of workers in the public sector.

The bill sponsor, Femi Gbajabiamila, who is the House Majority Leader, said the bill seeks to penalize the late payment, non-payment and under payment of salaries to workers.

Gbajabiamila said default by employers in payment of salaries as at when due violates sections 33, 34, 14 and 43 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

But the house members after a vigorous debate on the principles of the bill asked the sponsor to withdraw it on the ground that it was not justiciable.

The lawmakers also said the bill was nor mindful of the existing labour laws in the country.

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