By Kiram Tadesse
Ethiopia commits a work on progress to set a national system that enables to determine minimum wages. This comes as a two day continental forum on Wage Floor was opened on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.
The country aspires to become a low middle-income country by 2025, through sustaining rapid, broad based and inclusive economic growth. Despite the fact that the government devoted itself to attract anchor investment that would meet its abundant labor force there are still serious issues persisting in setting minimum wage rate in the country.
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Abdulfetah Abdulahi said government has the political will and commitment to set a system in line with its National Employment Policy. He said a system that enables to determine minimum wages will be established taking into account the country’s stage of development, competitiveness and capacity to pay.
“There is still quite a lot to be done towards setting viable and inclusive minimum wage in our economies,” he added.
The Wage Floor Forum has brought together labor leaders from eight African countries. The forum was held in an aim to create the platform to establish minimum wages floor in Africa. On the occasion Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation Sharan Burrow stressed the need for development established on the set of fundamental rights for the labor force.
Burrow who held discussion with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn earlier on Tuesday commented that policies must be pro poor to become a low middle-income country by 2025. She said, the Premier himself emphasized that this government is a pro poor government that he acknowledge the role of freedom of association is constitutional right.
Minimum wage is the minimum amount of remuneration that the employer is required to pay wage earners for the work performed during a given period. In 2015 the United Nations identified and adopted reducing inequality and promoting decent work for all women and men as key objectives in the 2030 sustainable Development Agenda.
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