PNP says minimum wage increase too little, too late

June 28, 2018 9:15 PM

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party's (PNP) Shadow Minister of Labour and Social Security, Horace Dalley, says he is disappointed with the “meagre $800” increase in the minimum wage,

Dalley in a release from his party today accused the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration of failing to deliver on its election promise that if elected it would set a minimum wage of $10,000 per 40-hour work week.

Dalley said the increase which was announced by Labour Minister Shahine Robinson during her contribution to the sectoral debate on Tuesday was “disgraceful”.

“It is disgraceful that after two years, the Government would only offer an $800 dollar increase, moving the minimum wage from $6,400 to $7000 per 40-hour work week.

“It has taken the JLP led-government two and a half years to grant an increase in the minimum wage of only $800 dollars,” he argued.

In the meantime, Dalley said the announcement of an increase to pensioners was long overdue, but it does not bring the real relief that the pensioners were expected to mitigate the punishing impact of months of price increases because of the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar.

The shadow minister described both increases as “too little, too late.”

He said the Government should adopt the policy, started under the last PNP administration of an incremental increase in the minimum wage at the beginning of each calendar year.


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