“We can’t recklessly raise the minimum wage”

By: Stella Taoi

 

minimum-wageIf the minimum wage is not properly drafted or properly constructed, this could have an effect on the very people we are trying to protect.

This was the concern in the Review of the National Minimum Wage and Wages Regulations Public Consultation today in Suva.

“Minimum wage is not the only tool to fight poverty but it is an important tool and it has to be used along with other tools,” Professor Partha Gangopadhyay

It was also highlighted that the increase in minimum wage could cause a decline in the economy or cause unemployment.

“If you raise the minimum wage it can even decrease the employment and this is something we have to be careful about. What I’m saying is we can’t recklessly raise the minimum wage. That’s going to break the labour market.”

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