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State sets wage rate

Torika Tokalau
Friday, January 31, 2014

HISTORY was made yesterday with the announcement by Labour Minister Jone Usamate of the first ever National Minimum Wage of $2 per hour.

The minimum wage, which was approved in a Cabinet sitting on Wednesday, is Fiji's first determination of a national minimum wage covering both the formal and informal sectors. "Currently in Fiji, we have minimum wages established in 10 different sectors.

"Each of these sectors has the lowest wage a worker can be paid in that sector," Mr Usamate said.

"But there are a lot of people in Fiji who fall outside of those sectors including babysitters and people who work in agriculture and we do not have any control over their wages."

Mr Usamate said the minimum wage was to ensure those at the margins of society were able to build a better life by making sure they received better wages.

He added that the wage rate was in line with the People's Charter and Section 33 of the Constitution.

"We are looking forward to having a significant impact on the lives of people at the very bottom of our society."

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