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20-25 per cent increase in minimum wage suggested
2013-09-12 09:33:29 | (0 Comments)
Residents of St. James and surrounding parishes are in support of an increase in the national minimum wage of between 20 and 25 per cent.
At the first in a series of national consultations on the national minimum wage, held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in Sam Sharpe Square on Tuesday, the participants insisted an increase is needed in light of the challenging economic conditions.
Member of the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, Danny Roberts, says this position is interesting as participants in last year’s consultations gave the same reason for opposing an increase.
He says last year, there was a general view that based on the state of the economy, a minimum wage increase ought not to be considered.
He says the Commission will look closely at all the recommendations from yesterday’s and other consultations scheduled for other locations.
Chairman of the Commission, Silvera Castro, has stressed that even though the Government sets a national minimum wage, those employers, who can afford to pay more should do so.
The next session will be held in Mandeville, followed by Port Antonio, Ocho Rios and Kingston, to complete the series of five sessions.
The national minimum wage was last increased in September 2012, moving from 4 thousand 500 to 5 thousand dollars per 40-hour work week, and from 6 thousand 655 dollars to 7 thousand 320 dollars and 50 cents per 40-hour work week for security guards.
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