Minimum wage increases to EC$360 per week from November 1st

Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) — The minimum wage in St. Kitts and Nevis has been increased.

“I am pleased to announce that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has approved an increase in the minimum wage of our workers from $320 per week to $360 per week with effect from November 1, 2014,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

The announcement received a standing ovation from the mammoth crowd at the Independence Ceremonial Parade at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium.

When his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party took office in July 1995, the minimum wage was EC$3.75 per hour or EC$150 per week. The increase from November 1st, means the hourly rate is EC$9.00 per hour or EC$360 per week.

“Over that period also our minimum wage jumped from $150 per week to $320 per week to become the highest minimum wage in the whole of the OECS and among the top rates of minimum pay in the entire Caribbean,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

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