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Not all to 'benefit'

Torika Tokalau
Friday, February 14, 2014

A WOMEN'S group believes the new national minimum wage (NMW) of $2 an hour will not benefit the women in the informal sector, including the farming and rural sector.

FemLINKPACIFIC executive director Sharon Bhagwan Rolls said the NMW was neither progressive nor a milestone achievement.

"Particularly for women in this sector who work in an unregulated environment as housekeepers, market vendors and make up a large proportion of the casual labour force," she said.

"It fails to respond to the gender disparities and gender division of labour and responsibilities for households, women bear the disproportionate burden."

She added the decision was also not inclusive of women living with disabilities.

Ms Rolls said since 2010, they had conducted a survey for about 12,000 women conducting the Women's Household Income and Expenditure Survey.





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