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Mar 3, 2022

Minister of Labor Comments on Minimum Wage Task Force

The new Minimum Wage Task force held its first meeting on Wednesday. Today News Five spoke to Minister Oscar Requena, Minister of Labour. He says the work of the task force should be completed by the end of 2022.

 

Oscar Requena

Oscar Requena, Minister of Labour

“As you are aware, under Plan Belize we committed to increase the minimum wage. I am happy to say that that commitment is now in progress. As you are aware, yesterday the task force was inaugurated. Of course, this was done after Cabinet gave the mandate that we need to put in place the process to ensure we can get this going. So, with the taskforce in place, very broad based, representing the various sectors in our country, and certainly we are now progressing. The time frames, with all the relevant activities have been outlined. The whole idea is that we are hoping within nine months this work is going to be completed and we can see the recommendations that are being made an we will take it to Cabinet. The idea is to move ahead with the implementation of minimum wage to five dollars.”

 

Paul Lopez

“While we are talking about the work that needs to be done, for the Belizean people this is a matter of bread and butter.”

 

Oscar Requena, Minister of Labour

“Absolutely, and I want to say to you that it has been more than ten years that the minimum wage was increased, and currently it is at three dollars and thirty cents. The cost of living has gone up and people are finding very difficult to survive on three dollars and thirty cents an hour for certain sectors. There are certain sectors that it is above five dollars. But there are areas I can think about, the manual workers, agriculture, domestic workers, shop assistance, and so on. There is definitely the need to address the minimum wage.”


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