The Fijian Government is now undertaking a comprehensive review of hourly wage rates with the aim of determining wide-reaching pay rises, including in the National Minimum Wage and across Fiji’s 10 sectoral wages that already stand above the National Minimum Wage.
These include printing trades; wholesale and retail trades; hotel and catering trades; garment industry; sawmilling and logging industry; road transport, building and civil and electrical engineering trades; manufacturing industry; mining and quarrying industry; and security services.
A government statement says the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations will soon announce the relevant details for the nationwide consultation process and encourages employees and employers to work closely with the Ministry to ensure that the review is as inclusive, fair and informed as possible.
It also says government will be using international experts to oversee the review, which will include nationwide consultations with both workers and employers, as well as input from the International Labour Organization.
The 10 sectoral wages will each be examined separately to determine their respective rises.
The review will be led by Parveen Bala, the newly-appointed Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations.
This review was first announced in the 2018-2019 National Budget address by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.