THE Fiji Labour Party plans to introduce measures in consultation with employer and employee representatives to lift wage rates to acceptable levels if it wins the next elections.
In its mini-manifesto, the party says its social policies recognise the hardship suffered by many people in society.
The party says it has plans to reverse the FNPF pension cuts to address the problem of poverty and to provide relief to struggling people.
"FNPF's decision to reduce pensions by 50 per cent across the board has caused extreme hardship to existing pensioners as it will to future pensioners," the FLP mini-manifesto claims.
"FLP also believes that the current contribution rate of 8 per cent is inadequate to provide for our workers to retire in dignity on a liveable income considering that more than 60 per cent earn below poverty line wages.
"The party has been advocating a gradual increase in the rate of contributions (employee/employer) to ensure that members save enough to retire on a reasonable stipend."
Concurrent with this, the party said it would introduce measures to lift wage rates.
The party said it has plans to ensure all disabled and elderly persons living in genuine hardship receive State assistance.
"We will also review the $30 food voucher to reflect inflationary trends."
The party also believes that 55 years was too early for retirement since workers at this stage still had a lot to contribute in terms of knowledge, experience and skills.
It has plans to reinstate the retirement age of 60 years, says its mini-manifesto.