Fiji : FTUC launches campaign to raise the minimum wage
Agni Deo Singh, left, with Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau and Felix Anthony during a break at the FTUC 46TH Biennial Congress in Nadi yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH
The Fiji Trades Union Congress launched a campaign yesterday, demanding for an increase in the minimum wage rate from $2.32 an hour to $4 an hour.
The launch took place during the FTUC's biennial conference at the Tanoa Hotel in Nadi yesterday.
FTUC general secretary Felix Anthony said while $4 an hour was still below the poverty line, they believed it was a step in the right direction.
"We are demanding that the minimum wage rate be raised to at least $4 an hour for all workers," said Mr Anthony.
"Of course, the rate we are demanding does not take us above the poverty line, but we believe it is a decent level where we can progressively work to ensure that we raise the minimum wage above the poverty line so that workers earn a decent living."
Mr Anthony said they would continue to hold consultations with the Government as well as the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation as part of the campaign.
Labour Minister Semi Koroilavesau, who was also at the conference, said there's a mechanism in place where the minimum wage rate would be discussed.
"We are part of the tripartite team, us the Government, the workers and the employers and this issue will be raised using the mechanisms in place within this tripartite team," said Mr Koroilavesau.
"This is not a new issue for me and it will be considered, but as I've said the FTUC knows about the mechanisms in place and they will go through those channels."