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Jamaica Plans 10.7% Hike in Minimum Wage

SAN JUAN – The Jamaican government plans to increase the national minimum wage by 10.7 percent starting March 1, provided that Parliament approves the bill presented by Labor and Social Security Minister Fenton Ferguson.

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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