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  • Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, Mr. Silvera Castro, has expressed satisfaction with a regional consultation, held in Montego Bay on August 18, regarding the National Minimum Wage and the Minimum Wage for Security Guards.
  • The consultation sought to obtain the views of employers and employees as the Commission seeks broad based suggestions and proposals on a pending review of the national minimum wage as well as the wage for security guards.
  • He said the Commission is hoping to conclude its series of consultations and put its report together for submission to the Labour Minister by the end of October this year.

Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, Mr. Silvera Castro, has expressed satisfaction with a regional consultation, held in  Montego Bay on August 18, regarding the National Minimum Wage and the Minimum Wage for Security Guards.

The consultation sought to obtain the views of employers and employees as the Commission seeks broad based suggestions and proposals on a pending review of the national minimum wage as well as the wage for security guards.

In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Castro said the suggestions from members of the St. James business community were in line with the expectations of the Commission and those which have already been expressed at previously held consultations.

“The response that I got here is one that is expected. Unlike other years when the responses were 20, 30 and 40 per cent, I think Jamaicans now are realizing what the economy is and they are pegging that to any views that they have on an increase,” he said.

“They have been very reasonable – 8, 10 and 12 per cent. So, these are the things that we have been looking at, in order to make our submission to the Minister. It was a good meeting,” Mr. Castro added.

 

He said the Commission is hoping to conclude its series of consultations and put its report together for submission to the Labour Minister  by the end of October this year.

The consultations will continue on  August 20 in Mandeville, Manchester, then on to St. Ann on Tuesday, August 25, before culminating in Kingston.

The National Minimum Wage was last increased in January 2014, moving from $5,000 to $5,600 for a 40-hour work week. The Minimum Wage for Industrial Security Guards was also increased by 12 per cent, moving from $7,320.40 to $8,198.80 per 40-hour work week.