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Barbados: MINIMUM WAGE TO RISE

The minimum wage in this country is set to increase.

That’s according to Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, who made the disclosure in the House of Assembly yesterday morning while making his contribution to the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill.

Jordan, the Member of Parliament for St. Peter, indicated that this expected increase in is keeping with a commitment the Barbados Labour Party placed in its election manifesto last year.

“We have met with the Minimum Wage Board – the Minimum Wage Board is a tripartite construct that is tasked with advising the Minister responsible for Labour with recommendations on the level of minimum wage and how and if it should be adjusted. We’ve met with the Minimum Wage Board including independent representatives, representatives from the business community, employers, and representatives from workers’ organisations, and we have indicated to them that Government is moving
forward with the process of revising upward the minimum wage for workers in Barbados,” he told the Lower House.

He added, “That is a commitment we made to the people of this country; it is a commitment we intend to keep.”

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