SOLOMONS MINISTRY TO REVIEW MINIMUM WAGE

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Workers receive 38 to 48 cents per hour

By Eddie Osifelo HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 9, 2010) – THE Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Employment is carrying out an exercise to review the legal minimum wages of workers in the country.

Commissioner of Labour, Josiah Manehia told the Solomon Star yesterday this came about following complaints raised by workers about the pay they're receiving.

The current legal minimum wages for workers in plantation, agriculture and fishing is SB$3.20 [US38cents] per hour while SB$4 [US48cents] per hour is for other sectors.

He said currently staff in the Labour Division are in the provinces to collect information.

"Two officers are in Western province, two in Central, three in Malaita, two in Makira Ulawa and two in Temotu," he said.

Mr Manehia said when the officers return they will compile a report for minister Peter Shanel.

"If the minister sees it fit to review the legal minimum wages, then my office will need to do consultation with Ministry of Health, Statistics, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, employers and employees," he said.

Mr Manehia hopes consultation may start by July and by the end of it, the public should be informed of the changes of legal minimum wages.

Meanwhile, Mr Manehia said he is waiting for the report of investigation carried out his officers on the allegations against three foreign managers at Heritage Park Hotel.

He said his same officers carrying out review on the legal minimum wages are also involved in the investigation on Heritage Park Hotel's issue.

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