1 May 2015

Minimum wage increase in Cook Islands

3:17 pm on 1 May 2015

The Cook Islands government has announced a minimum wage increase of 20 US cents.

That will mean the minimum wage will increase from US$4.55 dollars to US$4.75.

Cook Islands News reports minister of internal affairs Albert Nicholas as saying the government is positive about the increase, which was guided by the 2015 minimum wage review panel.

He says it would be nice if it was a bit more than 20 cents, but the government is comfortable with the increase at this stage.

The cost of the 4.2 percent increase is estimated to be US$76,000 a year.

The Cook Islands Workers Association president, Anthony Turua, says workers would have preferred a one dollar increase.

But he says they had to consider all the indicators in terms of affordability.

Last year, the minimum wage was increased from US$3.80 to US$4.55 an hour.

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