Gov’t open to discussions on minimum wage order with affected companies

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Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon.
Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon.

[www.inewsguyana.com]The government is willing to have open discussions with those companies which have been affected by the implementation of the Minimum Wage Order. This is according to Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon.

“We’re willing to open the door to discourse to those [companies] who are aggrieved by the implication of five days a week, eight hours a day average and $35,000 a month, but not in a way to do injury to the main thrust of the Minimum Wages Order.”

Under the new wage measure, no worker should be paid less than $202 per hour, $1,616 daily, $8,080 per week, or $35,000 per month. With 40 hours per week catering for a five- day work week, should workers be required to work beyond the stipulated work week, they have to be paid overtime in accordance with the various labour laws of the country.

There have been a few companies that have been sluggish in the implementation of this new order. Dr. Luncheon pointed out though that, “there is hardly anywhere in the world where in a legislative intervention, where one day later, you would miraculously end up with a 100 percent compliance.”

According to the Cabinet Secretary, the Government is assiduously pursuing respect for the order and is depending on the Ministry of Labour and employees everywhere to be vigilant and inform Government about those employers who callously disregard the provisions of the order.

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