“It might sound like pure rhetoric, but the paper is ready to go to Cabinet, certainly before the end of July,” Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering said in response to a question about attempts to raise the minimum wage.
The question was put to the Minister during the ‘Government on the Road Meeting’ that was held at the Purcell Community Centre on 10 July. Hon. Pickering explained that the document that he will be taking to Cabinet shortly will recommend the members of the committee that is being formed to review the minimum wage.
The Labour Minister said that the Government discussed the committee formation and names were put forward. Following the suggestions, the Minister noted that the process of contacting the persons who were mentioned and asking them if they were willing to serve commenced.
Now, he said it is a matter of getting Cabinet’s approval and then making an announcement that the committee has been formed. The Minister stated that the committee will do the relevant work and report back to Government with their recommendations of how the minimum wage should be dealt with.
“Bear in mind that such a committee has to be very broad-based, it requires employees, professionals from various fields, because addressing the minimum wage has long term implications; and it has serious impact on the Territory, both short term and long term. We have to make sure that we have a broad-base committee that would give all the ideas so that we can make an informed decision,” Hon. Pickering said.