Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Minimum wage is still only about $2F

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It seems like a joke to people in Australia but the minimum wage has gone up in Fiji to   $2.32F. an hour, which is still so little. And that's in Fiji dollars.  When you know what tourists often have to pay for their accommodation, trips, and meals, the hotel workers surely need their wages to be doubled, tripled, not just put up by a few cents.

The story is from Fiji Live.

New NMW comes into effect tomorrow June 30, 2015 05:33:19 

 The increased National Minimum Wage of $2.32 comes into effect tomorrow. The increase which was announced by Government in February this year has been gazetted and employers are reminded to comply with the implementation of the new wage.  

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote reiterated that the increase will see more than 100,000 marginalised workers have their weekly wages increased from the $90.00 - $96.00 range, to the $104.40 - $111.36 range for a 45 to 48 hour week working period, respectively.  The NMW covers workers in the informal sector, as well as those workers in the formal sector that are not covered under the current 10 Wages Regulations.  
Consistent with Government’s obligation under the Constitution to ensure that all workers are afforded the right to a just minimum wage, this is the second increase under the revised NMW in just over a year.  Minister Konrote said that the employers had almost a five-month adjustment period to enable compliance with this new wage policy.  He adds that the enforcement of the first minimum wage has been successful with minimal non-compliance by the employers. 

A total of 98 per cent of the 581 employers that were inspected in 2014 complied with the law, while 90 per cent compliance has been recorded for the first two quarters of 2015.  The Enforcement Unit of the Ministry will continue to ensure compliance of the new wage through regular employer inspections.  In addition, to protect workers from being exploited, the fixed penalty notice under the Employment Relations (National Minimum Wage) Regulations has been increased from $100 to $500 dollars.  

This means that employers who fail to comply with any provisions of the NWW will be issued on spot fine of $500 dollars by Ministry’s Enforcement Officers.    Minister Konrote added that the National Minimum Wage does not repeal but coexists with the current sectoral minimum wage rates for workers in the ten (10) sectors covered under the new 2015 Wages Regulations.
The 10 industries expected to see an increase in wage rates include, Printing Trades, Wholesale & Retail Trades, Hotel & Catering Trades, Garment Industry, Sawmilling & Logging Industry, Road Transport, Building & Civil & Electrical Engineering Trades, Manufacturing Industry, Mining & Quarrying Industry and Security Services. 

By Reginald Chandar
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-------------------------  And also - a response to this story in the Fiji Times.

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