The $5 National Minimum Wage Rate proposal is National Federation Party’s baby and if they have a baby then they have the means to look after the baby.
NFP candidate Parmod Chand has stated this in a campaign meeting saying if Voreqe Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum do not have the power to do this, then they can leave the country and it is simple as that.
He said this while explaining to people how they will provide a tax rebate to employers when the $5 an hour national minimum wage rate will come into effect if NFP comes into government.
Chand says if an employer’s income is $300,000 or $500,000 then they have to give $5 minimum wage rate to their employees.
He then said if the employers are currently paying $4 per hour, they will have to increase it by $1 and every month they will provide a tax rebate to employers which will not put the burden on employers.
Parmod Chand also said they will not use $28 million to change the flag and will not use $9 million to have a golf tournament.
He also claimed that the government was giving $18 million to Fiji Airways every year to provide a loss flight from Nadi to Singapore.
He said if it is a loss then the flight to Singapore should be stopped and taxpayers’ money should not be used.
It has already been confirmed that the government assistance for the Singapore flight has already ended.
Speaking on Chand’s announcement on the tax rebate for businesses, FijiFirst General Secretary and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says some businesses will start saying that they have a lot of people so they need to be paid.
Speaking to about 150 people in a campaign meeting at Ahmadiyya Muslim College in Narere, Sayed-Khaiyum said it not a well thought out plan by the NFP.
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