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Minimum wage increase still in gov't's plans

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 6:29 PM
Holness declined to give a timeline for the adjustment of the minimum wage, but said the increase remains part of his government's prosperity agenda.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reiterated his government's commitment to increase the national weekly minimum wage by 33 per cent.

The 33 per cent increase was a JLP election promise and would see the minimum wage move from $6,200 to $8,200.

In an interview with The Gleaner's Gary Spaulding yesterday, Holness declined to give a timeline for the adjustment of the minimum wage, but said the increase remains part of his government's prosperity agenda.

 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Alliance have said job cuts are certain if the minimum wage is increased by 33 per cent.

They say businesses will be forced to cut some employees as they won't be able to afford such a hefty hike.