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Jul 6, 2022

Tourism Minister Weighs in on Proposed Minimum Wage

On Tuesday evening, we began our comprehensive look at the proposed minimum wage adjustment and the process that is being undertaken to introduce a phased-in approach to the new five dollar threshold.  Earlier today, we spoke with Minister of Tourism Anthony Mahler who sits on a cabinet subcommittee along with Junior Minister of Finance Chris Coye and Minister of Labor Oscar Requeña.  Together, they are tasked with providing oversight for the implementation of the proposed change.  In the context of the severe inflation, Mahler told News Five that the five-dollar minimum wage is just a start.

 

Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism

“The minimum wage has to be a liveable wage and all my research has shown that as you continue to increase the minimum wage the quality of life improves for your people.  But people will say, “Oh… it will be… the cost of goods.”  Throughout history, that hasn’t been the reality and from my research and my readings, and I read reports from the World Bank and IMF and all of them that have looked at minimum wage, and I support it fully.  In fact, the process, we have to dialogue with all sectors involved and to me the process is way too long and we need fi do it now.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is five dollars enough though?”

 

Anthony Mahler

“It’s a start. You have people working for three dollars and thirty cents, I mean that is inhumane almost. I mean, you di talk bout wahn dollar and fifteen cents U.S. That is why whenever they use that and come and say, but look, you have growing GDP. Every year wih holla GDP di go up but at the same time you have growing poverty. Dat da wahn recipe fi disaster.  Dat mean only a small group at di top di grow and di mek di money.”

 


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