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National Minimum Wage Review Begins

National Minimum Wage Review Begins
Partha Gangopadhyay.
April 14
10:31 2017

A National Minimum Wage survey has begun for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate said the purpose of the review was to ensure all workers were afforded the right to a just minimum wage as per the requirements under section 33 of the 2013 Constitution.

The constitution states that: The state must take reasonable measures within its available resources to achieve the progressive realisation of the right of every person to work and to a just minimum wage.

“Government always has a focus to make sure we lift the lives of unskilled and the most marginalised in our society,” Mr Usamate said.

The review will cover the economic and social impacts since the last review held in 2015.

The minimum wage is currently set at $2.32 an hour.

The national survey started last Thursday, 6 April, 2017 and will conclude on Friday next week.

Leading the National Minimum Wage review is Professor of Economics Partha Gangopadhyay from Western Sydney University.


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