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Employers Agree To Raise Minimum Wage

Employers present during the public consultations on the review of the National Minimum Wage and wages regulations are happy to raise the wages of their em­ployees, if their productivity also
26 May 2018 11:00
Employers Agree To Raise Minimum Wage
(From left-Right) Professor Partha Gangopadhyay, Director Labour Standards Atish Kumar and Divisional labour officer (Northern) Arun Lal during the public consultation on the review of the national minimum wage and wages regulations at Khatriya Hall in Labasa. May 25, 2018. Photo: WATI TALEBULA .

Employers present during the public consultations on the review of the National Minimum Wage and wages regulations are happy to raise the wages of their em­ployees, if their productivity also increases.

The consultations was held at Khatriya Hall in Labasa yes­terday.

The purpose of these consultations was to meet with work­ers, employers, municipalities and members of the public on the review of the National Minimum Wage and the mini­mum wage rates for the 10 sectoral industries.

Associate professor of Economic in Western Sydney, Aus­tralia, Partha Gangopadhyay, led the review and Wages Reg­ulations Public Consultation.

Professor Gangopadhyay emphasised the need for employ­ers and employees working together.

“The main issue here is how we increase the minimum wage every year and to bring employers and employees to­gether which is like marriage and the outcome has to be good. If one party is at fault then the other party is suffer­ing,” Professor Gangopadhyay said.

“The new proposal is to raise the minimum wage rate and national wage rate. If productivity is good then the wages should go up and if the workers are not productive then there would be no change in the wages.”

Professor Gangopadhyay said people were becoming more productive.

“Productivity is everything, especially in the garment sec­tor. If the productivity is zero then there is no credit given to the workers,” he said.

“Employees are pretty happy with this and they have this question that if we are asking for a raise and they are happy to do that but they need high productivity and nothing else.”

The minimum wage rate is $2.68 and they are proposing for $2.75 and maximum of $3.10.

Edited by Percy Kean

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