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Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 13, 2018 (SKNIS): Nominees to theMinimum Wage Advisory Committee met for the first time on Tuesday (November 13, 2018) for a familiarization session, as the formal process to deliberate on the matter begins.

The minimum wage in St. Kitts and Nevis is set at $9.00 per hour or $360.00 per week.

The committee is comprised of 30 nominated persons representing government, the private sector, and civil society. The formation is guided by the Labour Minimum Wage Act Chapter 18.19, which makes provisions for a consultative approach to be adopted when revisions to the minimum wageare being considered.

The committee members will undertake research, as well as review and consider matters related to the minimum wage, in addition to consulting with stakeholders and advising the Minister of Labour on crucial next steps, including if any variations are needed.

Senior Minister and Minister of Labour, the Honourable Vance Amorywelcomed the nominees to the meeting that was held at the conference room of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

“This is a very important process and I must commend all of the organizations and institutions represented and the nominees, yourselves, for the commitment and willingness to serve, participate and make a contribution … ,” he said.

Senior Minister Amory stated that the purpose of the minimum wage “is to create a wage flow for the labour market and to ensure [a] minimumstandard of living for workers.” He added that, “It also serves as a form of protection for the most vulnerable workers in our country.”

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Ron Dublin-Collins said the nominees will officially become members of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee during its first scheduled meeting on December 13, 2018. They will officially be presented with instruments of appointments at that time.

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