Gov’t meeting with private sector employers, unions to increase minimum wage


The Ministry of Social Protection’s Labour Department is currently engaging employers and unions to increase the minimum wage from the current $44,200.

In a statement, the Ministry of Social Protection noted that in January 2017, the minimum wage for the private sector was increased from an hourly rate of $202 to $255 taking the monthly wage from $35,000 to $44,200.

Consultant of the Labour Department at the Ministry, Francis Carryl explained that the economy is vastly changing and another increase is crucial at this time.

“We’re not sure when the consultations will be completed but we are working assiduously to raise the private sector’s minimum wage, to bring it up to speed with the 2019 economic circumstances,” Carryl is quoted as saying.

“We don’t want to excite anyone but all the parties including the unions, employers and the government are interested with what has been brought to the table.

“As soon as the consultations are completed we will announce the increase,” Carryl stated.

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