26 Sep 2012

Mixed reactions to latest minimum wage rise in CNMI

8:41 pm on 26 September 2012

There's a mixed reaction to the latest federally mandated increase in the minimum wage in the Northern Marianas.

On September the 30th the minimum hourly rate will rise another 50 cents taking it to 5 dollars 55.

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce president, Douglas Brennan, said labour intensive operations have already reduced their workforce numbers and work hours as much as they can as a result of past increases in the minimum rate.

Some workers say the rise is rendered useless by the cuts in their hours.

The Governor's press secretary, Angel Demapan, says the Fitial administration shares the concerns the business community has about the minimum wage hike.

But the US Congressional Delegate, Gregorio Kilili Sablan, says he is looking forward to the new minimum wage, and says he disagrees with the national Republican position that the minimum wage restricts progress.