Bill for upward review of fines for labour offences scales 2nd reading at Senate



A bill to amend the Labour Act to for upward review of fines violations of labour laws Tuesday scaled second reading at the .

debate general principles of the bill, . Francis Ezenwa(APC-Imo), said the bill sought to essentially increase the current fines for offences in the labor act.

He said given the obsolete nature of the existing fines, the amendment would ensure fines comply with modern realities in labour practice.

He said the new fines would serve as deterrent against labour related offences in the country.

“The present fines for offences in the Nigerian labour act are obsolete in context and content.

“The sanction, penalty and interest payable under the act are ridiculously low and do not reflect current economic realities,” he said.

According to him, the current provisions cannot the needed protection for workers in the labour market.

He said there need to review the penalties, upward to achieve fair and harmonious employee .

Ezenwa said Section 21 of the current labour act of terms and conditions of employment wage hour, and contracts of employment pegged fine as N800 and N150 for first and second offenders.

He, however, said N500,000 and N1million being proposed in the new bill as fine for offenders.

He said Section 46 of the act on neglect or ill-treatment of workers by employers has N500 as fine for violation, saying N500,000 being proposed as the new fine.

. Istifanus Dung (PDP-Plateau), supporting the bill, said the ill-treatment of workers in various forms was obnoxious

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He said the bill, when passed would address the ill-treatment of workers by employers in the country.

He said the uncharitable act on workers should no longer condoned, while urging other Senators to support the bill for second reading.(NAN)