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Jamaica plans 10.7 percent hike in minimum wage

Staff writer |
The Jamaican government plans to increase the national minimum wage by 10.7% starting March 1, if the parliament approves the bill by Labor and Social Security Minister Fenton Ferguson.

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The legislation calls for boosting hourly minimum compensation from 140 to 155 Jamaican dollars ($1.16 to $1.29), according to a government statement.

“As a government, we have taken into consideration the lived experiences of those at the lower level of the society, which explains why the proposed adjustment to the national minimum wage constitutes a 10.71 percent increase,” Fenton said.

The new legislation was drafted after taking note of four factors: the current state of the economy; higher utility rates and transportation costs; the memorandum of understanding between the government and trade unions; and the government’s economic recovery plan.

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