31 Oct 2012

New minimum wage rates announced in Fiji

7:16 pm on 31 October 2012

The Fiji interim Government has announced an increase in minimum wage rates by between 7 point 9 and 10 point 4 percent, effective from today.

The interim Minister for Labour, Jone Usamate, says it's the first time a productivity-based wage system has been introduced in the country.

Sawmilling and logging workers get the biggest rise while road workers receive the second largest increase of 10 percent.

In a statement released by Fiji's information ministry, the minister thanks the ten Wages Councils for their patience in working towards the Wages Regulation Order, despite the resignation of the Wages Councils Chairperson.

Father Kevin Barr resigned from the Council in August over delays in the implementation of pay increases his body had recommended.