Cabinet agrees to move minimum wage to $9 per hour

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CABINET NOTES:

The Cabinet invited the National Minimum Wage Commission upon the submission of its Report.

The five members explained the theoretical underpinning and the economic methodologies utilized, in order to arrive at the two proposals submitted to the Cabinet.

The Chairman pointed out that the current minimum wage stands at EC$8.20 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work-week (for a wage of $328.00 per week).

The proposals from the Commission were to move to: $8.90 per hour; and, ii. $10.00 per hour.

Following vigorous and lengthy debates in the Cabinet, a decision was taken to move the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour.

That decision will be taken to the Parliament where it will be debated before becoming law.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. In a nut shell it took 7 YEARS to negotiate an 80 cents deal.

    And we wonder why the water situation has not been resolved, road net work fixed etc?

    Any real LABOUR government would rubbish an 80 cents increase.

    The minimum wage should be no less than $12.00 per hour. Understand stand this we are talking about MINIMUM STANDARDS here.

  2. I’M WONDERING HOW PRIVATE SECURITY FIRMS WILL PAY THEIR WORKERS, BECAUSE GOVERNMENT RATE SHOULD NOT BE THE SAME AS PRIVATE SECURITY FIRMS….

    BECAUSE SECURITY OFFICERS SHOULD ALWAYS GET SALARY ABOVE GOVERNMENT RATE AT ALL TIMES….

  3. I wonder if the red cool aid people them from the ABLP party please with this one?you’ll think that BROWNE DAWG care about antigua people……….80 cents when they’re seeking thousands in salary raise as parliamentarians,time for you and your party to leave office you and your party GASTON

  4. …80 cents…that’s about $130 more per month(before taxes). What is that gonna do for the people when inflation of essentials cost them $200+ more per month. It’s cheaper to buy a single plate a food than to buy food to cook…
    We can’t even say we gonna talk to our neighbors and agree to buy bulk to share cause your poor neighbor hasn’t gotten paid yet for the month and the other one still waiting on her pension cheque…election is coming up people, either we stand for more or accept that they think we’re worth less…(or is it worthless)

  5. I heard a clip in the news say that Steadroy Benjamin, Labour Minister since 2014, have committed to having the minimum wage committee meet every two years as required by law.

    Now keep in mind that under this government, it took eight long years for the minimum wage committee to meet.

    Where was Steadroy Benjamin? Give me a f***ing break.

    I will never vote for this present government. Never.

  6. $9.00 an hour is the new minimum wage in Antigua and Barbuda effective sometime soon. So if you are working 40 hrs times $9 equals $360 per week. Does any business really pays out less than $9 an hour at this time in Antigua? I have been to the Supermarkets in Antigua. I would leave with a few things that adds up to more than the weekly wages of the ordinary person. Something is not adding up. The price of daily basic goods versus wages are out of lines.Perhaps you people on the Wages Committee and Politicians should take a huge hair cut. I would volunteer to be the BARBER.

  7. Government continues to show how caring it is. I am already paying my employees well above what is even going to be the new minimum wage.

    • @Just Saying: You say,Government continues to be CARING. You must be the only person who finds it to be so at this time.What are you getting?

    • So you have to work one full hour in Antigua just to be able to buy one bottle of water? Something is amiss here.lol. that’s not even quite $3us.

  8. Pearl “FOOTS” Quinn
    Gladys Potter EMPTY HEAD 🍦 🍨 scooper
    Franz DeFreitas G-R-E-A-T-F-U-L BANKRUPT
    Cleon DON’T TELL DADDY HOWDY
    Pringle CA-CAPA-TI-TAH and MASKses
    Serpent FARMing FOOL & DICTATOR
    Peter Redz CAN’T TALK
    Jonathan “VOTE ALP”
    King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe IMF
    Alex ABOUT TO EXIT
    Sean LAZY FORNICATOR
    APOSTLE SHUGY SIMON
    Alister “inTERllectual” Thomas
    Richard “BULLY BEEF” Lewis fraid lovell

    BUT NONE OF THEM EVER!!!! TOOK THE LIFE OF AN UNARMED BLACK GIRL!!! 😢 😭 😢 😭

  9. Imagine working for a whole hour and can’t even afford a bread and cheese (no butter) from Brownie. The heart needs to be removed from the logo.

  10. This is fucking illegal! The continuous down garage on the people of our society and the greed of our politicians, paedophilia and rapist people in power..

  11. Minimum wage should be at least 15.00, the employers that pay these wages are making a killing and are just taking advantage of people.

    The price of goods and services has increased but our salaries remain the same.

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