Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) – Steps are being taken to review the minimum wage in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Federal Minister of Labour, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett has instructed the Department of Labour to initiate the processes regarding the review of the Federation’s minimum wage which currently stands at $8.00 per hour.
Labour Commissioner, Mr. Spencer Amory said Minister Nisbett proposes to host a consultation on the matter and has invited stakeholders to a meeting on Thursday 7th August 2014. The meeting will be held at the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and starts at 10 a.m.
Mr. Amory said following the meeting, an advisory committee will be appointed in accordance with Section (2) Regulation of Wages Subsection (2) & (3) of the Labour (Minimum Wage) Act.
The Labour (Minimum Wage) Act Chapter 18:19 – is an Act to regulate the wages paid in any occupations in the state, and to provide for related or incidental matters.
The Act further, empowers the Minister with responsibility for the Labour Portfolio to take steps to regulate the wages paid in any occupations in the State, with the advice of Cabinet appoint an advisory committee to investigate the conditions of employment in such occupations and to make recommendations as to the minimum rate of wages which shall be payable.