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     Jamaica to increase national minimum wage

January 20, 2016
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The Government of Jamaica is expected to announce an increase in the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards. The announcement is expected to be made by the Labour and Social Security Minister, Doctor Fenton Ferguson, in the House of Representatives. Last year, a Commission was set up by the government to look into the issue. After several proposals and island-wide consultations, the commission submitted its report to the labour ministry last September. At that time, commission chairman, Silvera Castro, said he did not expect the proposed increases would raise concern among employers. In January 2014, the National Minimum Wage was increased from $5,000 to $5,600 for a 40-hour work week. The Minimum Wage for Industrial Security Guards was also increased, moving from $7,300 to $8,200 per 40-hour work week. (Image source: Jamaica Observer)

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