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Not what we proposed: Father Barr

November 1, 2012 4:03 am

The former chairman of the Wages Council Farther Kevin Barr says he is disappointed with the new minimum wage rate.

Father Barr says the increment isn’t what was proposed as they’ve all been reduced.

He says the repercussion of poverty is enormous.

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“This is constantly going on – the delays in the wage regulation orders, and reductions of the wage regulation orders and I feel that is not showing a commitment to real poverty alleviation.”

Father Barr says there is always so much talk about increasing productivity but this cannot be achieved with the low wages currently paid to workers.

“If I was a worker receiving such low wages, I wouldn’t want to be productive, I wouldn’t want to work harder. I would only want to work hard if I was getting a decent wage and seeing it constantly on the increase.”

He claims this isn’t good for the country and alleges that some employers are working for their own greed and not for the betterment of the country.

FBC News has sent questions to Labour Minister Jone Usamate.

There was no response when this bulletin was complied.

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