PSC calls on Gov’t to renegotiate contracts

Ron Webster, Chairman of the PSC.
Ron Webster, Chairman of the PSC.

The Private Sector Commission [PSC] is calling on government to consider renegotiating its contracts that are affected by the implementation of the National Minimum Wage.

A statement today from the umbrella body explained that the commission is gravely concerned over the recent pronouncements by the Minister of Labour and his Chief Labour Officer about the acceptance by businesses of the new Minimum Wage and the portrayal in a negative light of those businesses which find it impossible to carry on with business as usual.

According to the PSC, while it welcomes the new Minimum Wage and is of the opinion that it is a long overdue, they were initially concerned that the notice period given for implementation was too short but most businesses have put systems in place to comply.

The commission’s concern now is the reluctance by Government to renegotiate contracts with its contractors and service providers to take into consideration the increase in the Minimum Wage