- News : Regional trust fund on meteorology proposed [18/08/2017 - Solomon Islands]
- News : PNG Women’s seats on card [18/08/2017 - Papua New Guinea]
- News : Misunderstanding postpones Tuvalu Parliament session [18/08/2017 - Tuvalu]
- News : First major contract awarded for Guam Marines base [18/08/2017 - Guam]
- News : Pacific Ministers remember Marshallese Climate advocate [17/08/2017 - Solomon Islands]
- News : Pacific CSOs issue call for peace and solidarity with Guam [17/08/2017 - Fiji]
- News : French Polynesia takes further step towards Forum membership [17/08/2017 - French Polynesia]
- News : Voters head to the polls in Cook Islands by-election [17/08/2017 - Cook Islands]
- News : Axed Solomon Islands minister speaks out [17/08/2017 - Solomon Islands]
- News : US airbase on Guam ready for Trump order to fight North Korea [17/08/2017 - Guam]
- News : Robust science critical in climate change projects in the region: GCF [17/08/2017 - Solomon Islands]
- News : More Pacific consciousness needed: Australian Ambassador for Environment [17/08/2017 - Solomon Islands]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
The Fijian Government's $2.32 (US$1.12) minimum wage is condemning unskilled workers to a life of poverty and exploitation by businesses, claims the Fiji Trades Union Congress.
FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony said while they welcomed the recent announcement by Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Minister Jone Usamate that Government intended to review the minimum wage and wages regulations orders, he called for widespread consultations.
“Government has repeatedly said in domestic and international forums that it wants to eradicate poverty," he said.
“And the only way it can do this is by ensuring that every worker earns enough to cover basic food items, housing needs and pay for utilities — their water and electricity bills. Any wage that does not allow them to do that is nothing short of a farce.
“We believe $4 (US$2) an hour is a good starting point. A worker on this rate earns about $150 a week and when you take into account the cost of food, transport, housing and utilities, this will allow a worker to provide decent meals and shelter for his or her family.
“We have said time and again that the $2.32 minimum wage is condemning workers to extreme poverty and exploitation by businesses and this must be reviewed after extensive consultations with all stakeholders."
Usamate, who is abroad, said he would respond to questions sent by this newspaper on the comments made by Anthony upon his return.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media