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Govt To Review Minimum Wage Rate This Year, Says Minister

Govt To Review Minimum Wage Rate This Year, Says Minister
March 05
11:00 2017

The Government is keeping its promise to review the national minimum wage rate this year.

This was confirmed by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate.

After the 2014 General Elections, the Government increased the national minimum wage rate from $2.00 per hour to $2.32, which was a part of FijiFirst manifesto. Government had said that by increasing the national minimum wage rate (with 45 or 48 hour week), more than 100,000 marginalized workers would have their weekly wages increased from $90-$96 range to $104.40 – $111.36.

“There had been a cabinet decision to review the national minimum wage overtime,” he said.

“So the cabinet has considered that decision to its original decision to keep on reviewing the national minimum wage rate and that process has now been in place.

“An advertisement has also been out in the papers seeking consultants to look at the national minimum wage rate and the wage regulation orders.

“National minimum wage rate is the lowest anyone can get paid.

“But then we have the wage regulation orders for all different sectors.

“Those wage rate regulation orders will also be reviewed and it will take place this year,” Mr Usamate said.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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