Report on minimum wage released

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Darin King

An advisory committee’s review on minimum wage in the province was released Thursday by  the provincial government.

A news release notes the report outlined two recommendations to be considered:

• That the minimum wage be increased in 2013 to reflect the loss of purchasing power in the minimum wage since 2010. The increase should be preceded by at least six months notice to stakeholders and the public;

• Beginning in 2014, that the minimum wage be adjusted annually based on the previous year’s all-items Consumer Price Index for Newfoundland and Labrador. Adjustments would be announced to the public by Jan. 31 of each year and implemented on May 1 of each year. They would be rounded to the nearest $0.05.

 Newfoundland and Labrador has increased its minimum wage from $6 to $10 since 2005, representing a 67 per cent increase.

Darin King, Minister responsible for the Labour Relations Agency, noted the three-member advisory committee was appointed during the summer and solicited public and stakeholder submissions on the minimum wage.

Members of the advisory committee included: Blair Patrick, committee chair; Elaine Price, employee member; and John Peddle, employer member. Nominees for the review committee were solicited from the provincial government, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour.

 “Now that the committee has concluded its work, we will review the committee’s report and recommendations before making a final decision regarding the minimum wage,” King said.

For a copy of the report, visit www.gov.nl.ca/lra/min_wage_review_2012/index.html

Organizations: Labour Relations Agency, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • KF
    December 06, 2012 - 21:20

    That took a lot of work. They're going to let workers make enough to buy what they could the year before. Next is the Board of Trade complaining that they can't afford the increase. Same old, same old.

  • david
    December 06, 2012 - 18:49

    Why don't we just start using 'Newffie dubloons', and cut all exchange rates and ties with the world's economies? That's where we're headed with this completely arbitrary, insane economic policy, so let's just get it over with.

  • THE SCROOGE
    December 06, 2012 - 18:28

    WHOOPI-DOO ! the minimum wage went up to $10, so as TAXES, food, clothing, gasoline, and other prices. maybe we should have a review into mha's salaries, free perks, expence claims, and we can't forget that pension they will receive for little or no work to those they are suppose to serve. WHAT A JOKE !