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June 26, 2022

Minimum Wage To Increase

The general workforce in the country could see an increase in the minimum wage.

But this will entirely depend on the approval by the National Executive Council.


The Minimum Wage Board is hopeful, NEC will agree on the minimum wage it has suggested.


Chairperson of the Minimum Wage Board, Beverly Doiwa, today presented the Minimum Wage report to the Minister for Labor and Industrial Relations, Benjamin Poponawa.


The report was compiled after six weeks of intensive deliberation on the minimum wage in 14 centers in the country. Miss Doiwa says, stakeholder participation in major centers was not forthcoming. However, they were able to complete the minimum wage deliberation.


As reported in one of the dailies, the minimum wage is expected to increase from K2.29 to K3.20.


Ms. Doiwa was clearly not pleased with the report being published without NEC’s approval. But she hinted that there could be an increase if accepted by NEC.


Minister for Labor and Industrial Relations, Benjamin Poponawa, was pleased with the efforts of the Minimum. Mr. Poponawa says, the government owes it to the ordinary workers to increase the minimum wage.


The increase in the minimum wage would mean minimum wage workers would have more money to spend on basic necessities.


Miss Doiwa says, strict monitoring and compliance mechanism will be administered to ensure all employees comply with the new minimum wage soon to be approved.


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