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Union says rate will be hard to adjust

Nasik Swami
Friday, January 31, 2014

THE State's milestone achievement of setting the country's national minimum wage at $2 per hour will relegate low-paid workers into permanent poverty.

This is the sentiment of Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions (FICTU) general secretary Attar Singh, who said the fixed rate was difficult to adjust upwards.

"This has been our experience in the garment industry since the early '80s and in the security industry more recently," Mr Singh said.

He said the new minimum wage rate was less than the $2.32 recommended by Commerce Commission chairman Dr Mahendra Reddy last year.

"Given the Labour Ministry's inability to enforce regulated wage rates, it will not be long before most non-unionised workers will find themselves paid this much lower rate," he said.








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