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Party focus on minimum wage, workers' rights

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IT will be about giving the average worker their rights back and ensuring that the minimum wage is above the poverty line, says the People's Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony.

Mr Anthony who has been a trade unionist for the last three decades said workers had been made to work below the recommended wages.

He said the new national minimum wage of $2 an hour set by the government was below the minimum wages that had been set by the wages councils for various industries. He said the minimum wages set by the Wages Councils for their industries were between $2.80 and $3.20.

"Our minimum wage will be the living wage and that will be the poverty line. That will not be achievable immediately but we will work towards that progressively, year one, year two, year three or by year four but certainly by the end of our first term in government. Small and medium businesses take a bit longer to get there."

Mr Anthony also hinted at repealing decrees that violate workers' rights.

"We are looking at State Services Decree, Administration of Justice Decree, Essential Industries Decree, Public Order Amendment Decree, the Political Parties registration Decree and those that bar unions from taking part in politics in this country."

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