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A-G: Review of National Minimum Wage Underway

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A-G: Review of National Minimum Wage Underway Attorney-general and minister for economy, public enterprises,civil aviations and communications Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyu,member of parliament Jilila Kumar,Assistant Minister for women,children and poverty alleviation Veena Bhatnagar,Minister for health and medical services Rosy Akbar and minister for local government,housing and environment Parveen Kumar after the parliament sitting on May 14,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

The review of the National Minimum Wage of $2.68 an hour has already started.

This was revealed by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz-Sayed Khaiyum in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded to an oral question raised by the National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad, who asked him to tell the House the timeline for the enforcement of the review as re­vealed in Parliament on March 14 this year.

SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula asked when the result of the re­view would be known.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded this would be done once the review was completed.

SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka asked if the review would factor in the Opposition’s view of $5 an hour. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum respond­ed, “Madam Speaker for any re­view to be credible it needs to be independent”.

He said anybody could appear be­fore the committee and make their submissions.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum reiterated that the minimum wage was only for those who were unskilled.

He said this included someone who cuts grass, house girls and the unskilled labour force.

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