Waqanika: Raising minimum wage would not affect local businesses

SODELPA candidate Tanya Waqanika speaking to the residents of Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa last month. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

SODELPA candidate Tanya Waqanika says raising the minimum wage would not affect local businesses.

While other political parties are campaigning on raising the minimum wage which is currently at $2.68, the ruling FijiFirst party has strongly criticised these plans.

“I say so because when a person’s salary goes up, they contribute more towards the economy. We all know that when you get paid, we use the money to go shopping ,” Ms Waqanika said.

She said the party is recommending $4.00 minimum rate for unskilled workers.

The National Federation Party (NFP) is campaigning for a $5 national minimum wage rate.

Recently, FijiFirst party secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum labelled plans by the  NFP to increase the national minimum wage level to $5 as “stupid”.

The FijiFirst government set $2.32 an hour in 2014 and later revised it to $2.68 in the 2017/2018 Budget.

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