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The Fijian Government through the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations commenced public consultation on the review of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the 10 sectoral Wages Regulations in the Western Division
The Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Salaseini Daunabuna highlighted that the public consultation is crucial for Government to hear the voices of the people of Fiji and receive contributions from employers, workers, other stakeholders and the general public on the review of Fiji’s minimum wage rates and wages regulations.
“The consultation follows the nationwide wage review survey that was conducted for the duration of three weeks for the Northern, Western and Central Division,” Daunabuna said.
NMW Consultant Professor Partha Gangopadhyay highlighted in his presentation that the wage review is an important step to further enhance the efficiency of the labour market in Fiji.
“All Fijians need a reasonable and better wage rate but we must also look at it holistically and its impact on the economy.”
“Our preference is for $2.68 (US$1.27) since we find strong evidence that the national minimum wage of 2015 did not have any negative impact upon the efficiency in the sectors we examined.”
“On the contrary, from the sample survey of workers, we find concrete evidence that labour productivity has increased in Fiji after the enactment of the new minimum wage in 2015,” Professor Gangopadhyay added.
“The productivity gains or premiums as anticipated in 2015, from the minimum wages seem to have materialised.”
The wages review consultation team will be holding the next public consultation from today in the Northern Division.
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