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Update: Jamaican government announces increase in minimum wage

Published: Tuesday January 25, 2011 | 3:07 pm with audio | Comments 0
Pearnel Charles- file photo
Pearnel Charles- file photo

The labour minister Pearnel Charles has announced an increase in the national minimum wage.

The rate is to go up from $4,070 for a 40-hour work week to $4,500.

The rate for security guards will also be going up.

That increase will take effect on February 28 to allow employers time to make the payments.

Security guards will get an increase of $166 per hour to move their wages from $6,050 per week to $6,655 per week.

Insurance coverage for security guards has also been increased from $1.5 million to $2 million.

Come next week, the Parliament will debate the resolution for the proposed increase in minimum wages.

However, Charles says any further increase in the minimum wage remains on hold pending the outcome of a study on what would be a liveable wage.

Charles says the Government would be insisting that employers honour the minimum wage act.

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Labour Minister Pearnel Charles
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