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Minimum wage announcement expected tomorrow

Tuesday, July 24, 2012    

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LABOUR and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier is expected to announce the new national minimum wage when he speaks in the sectoral debate tomorrow in the House of Representatives.

The Jamaica Observer understands that a new rate was approved by the Cabinet yesterday, paving the way for Kellier's announcement.

A new rate was recommended by the National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission and presented to the minister more than a week ago. However, the Cabinet can vary the proposal. Indications are that the new rate would be close to 10 per cent.

The national minimum wage was last increased in February 2011, moving from $4,070 to $4,500 per 40-hour workweek, while that of security guards moved from $6,050 to $6,655.

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