A-G: Minimum wage review in process

Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Picture: FT FILE

GOVERNMENT has commenced the review of the national minimum wage of $2.68 an hour. Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum said this in Parliament following a question by  Opposition member and National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad on the timeline of the enforcement of the review of the national minimum wage.Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the 10 sectorial wages councils also had a review and none of the sectors which include the printing trade, wholesale and retail trade, hotel and catering trade, garment industry, sawmilling and logging industry, road transport, building and civil and electrical engineering trade, manufacturing industry, mining and quarrying industry and security services paid below the minimum wage.

“In fact all 10 sectorial wages and all of them had increases and in fact the salary rates are more than $2.68 an hour. In fact, they range from $2.78 to $5.57 an hour,” he said.

“The minimum wage is only for those who are unskilled. The minimum wage is for unskilled labour force.”

He said the outcome of the review would be known when the review had been completed.

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