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New minimum wage to be implemented soon

July 9, 2017 6:36 pm

The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) of $2.68 will be gazetted soon and the general public will be informed of its implementation date.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate said the new wage rate will be implemented in due course and employers and employees will be informed of the new date through the media.

He added that the Fijian Government has increased the national minimum wage of $2.32 to $2.68 during the announcement of its 2017-2018 National Budget and that the general public will be informed soon on its adjustment period.

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He added the new NMW together with other measures such as assistance to the low income earners through education assistance, subsidies for electricity and water, pension and social welfare assistance will improve the quality of life for the marginalized.

The national minimum wage applies to all workers in the informal sectors such as house girls, caregivers, backyard garage workers, to name a few but it also co-exists with the ten sectoral wages regulations.

This is the third time Government has raised the national minimum wage since 2013.

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