The Minimum Wage Advisory Commission has been asked to conduct the necessary consultations and make recommendations for change, where possible, in the national minimum wage.
This was announced by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on Tuesday, June 4, in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Kellier reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to an annual review of the national minimum wage in its effort to protect the vulnerable in the society.
He said that the minimum wage reviews form an important part of the Government’s social protection strategy, and is in keeping with the Decent Work Agenda that the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been promoting and to which the country is a signatory.
In September 2012, Government increased the National Minimum Wage by 11 per cent to $5,000 per 40-hour week, up from $4,500.
The rate for Industrial Security Guards was also increased to $7,320.40, moving from $6,655. The guards also received an increase in laundry allowance from $30. 25 to $33.30 per hour; firearm allowance of $36.60 per hour, up from $33.28; and dog holder’s allowance from $22.39 to $24.63 per hour.
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