19 Sep 2006

Fiji Trade Unions seek minimum wage

8:24 am on 19 September 2006

The Fiji Trades Union Congress has called for a national minimum wage in the country.

FTUC general secretary, Felix Anthony, has told Radio Legend the government-appointed wages councils for different industries have not worked and not helped people to get out of poverty.

He says it is time for the labour ministry to look at other options.

Mr Anthony says the FTUC is proposing a national minimum wage across all industries that would help increase productivity.

Mr Anthony says they are not suggesting that the minimum wage should be pegged at a very high level.

He says the FTUC wants a living wage as a starting point so that people live above the poverty line and not below it.