FLP on minimum wage rate

Candidates and supporters of the Fiji Labour Party reading their manifesto in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

THE Fiji Labour Party does not believe that setting a national minimum wage rate would put people out of work, but instead help them retain their jobs.

This was shared by FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry during the launch of the party’s manifesto in Suva yesterday.

He said FLP had set the national minimum wage rate in its manifesto at $3.50 per hour.

“We also have to look at the ability of the employer to pay and if you set the wage at a level which will make them unable to pay then certainly there will be loss of employees,” he said.

“There are also many small businesses, they are not big businesspeople, but they are employing a lot of people, therefore, you have to look at their ability to pay,” he said.

Mr Chaudhry said this was for those who were being paid below the Wages Council rate.

“Wages Council is also in various industries, which prescribe the workers pay for wages in that industry,” he said.

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