Gov’t to introduce all-embracing national minimum wage

Government has empanelled a ministerial team to fine-tune the necessary procedures for a national minimum wage in Guyana, the Government Information Agency reported yesterday.

This initiative is the result of dialogue  and recommendations of a tripartite group, which comprises Government, the private sector and organised labour.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr. Roger Luncheon at his post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday said that Cabinet supported the initiative. Dr Luncheon yesterday resumed his briefings after a period of illness.

Labour Minister, Dr. Nanda Gopaul was asked to compile a comprehensive list of steps  necessary in order to give effect to the Government’s intentions, GINA said.

“The current system with regards to minimum wage that is in place is not as all-embracing as this new initiative is intended to be”, GINA stated.

“What currently exists is a deliberate attention to certain sectors particularly in the semi-skilled and unskilled categories for which annually, the Government undertakes to revise,” Dr. Luncheon said in the press release.

“This initiative is the ultimate improvement that binds employers across the scale, in their entirety to subscribe to a minimum wage,” the HPS said.

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