St. Kitts – Nevis’ Minimum Wage Now The Highest In OECS

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St. Kitts – Nevis Raises Minimum Wage

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
October 29, 2008 (CUOPM)

St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says the increase in the minimum wage from EC$250.00 to EC$320 per week from November 1st is the highest in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

“On an hourly basis, we have increased the minimum wage from EC$6.25 per hour to EC$8.00 per hour,” said Prime Minister Douglas at his monthly Press Conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The minimum wage increase reflects a 111 percent rise in the minimum wage since the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party took office 13 years ago.

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St. Kitts – Nevis Minimum Wage To Be Decided Soon

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St. Kitts – Nevis Needs A Higher Minimum Wage

Basseterre, St. Kitts
October 03, 2008 (SKNIS)

A decision on the rise in the minimum wage paid to workers in St. Kitts and Nevis is due soon, perhaps as early as the end of the month.

Minister of Finance Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris made this announcement at a press conference at the Ministry of Finance, on Thursday. He noted that the weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday saw deliberations on the matter but a final decision has not been reached.

“I feel comfortable [in saying] that in a [few] weeks the public will be made aware of what the new minimum wage will be in the Federation,” he stated.

The minimum wage is currently paid at $6.25 an hour (US $2.35). This translates into a base salary of $250.00 per week (US $94.30) for a minimum wage earner that works the standard 40 hours.

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St. Kitts – Nevis Cabinet Moves Closer On Minimum Wage

St. Kitts - Nevis Government Cabinet Room

St. Kitts Government Cabinet Room
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
JULY 23RD 2008 (CUOPM)

The St. Kitts Cabinet moved closer to deciding on an increase in the minimum wage on Monday during a routine Cabinet meeting on Monday.

The present EC$6.25 per hour for unskilled workers and EC$7.50 per hour for semiskilled workers in the hotel, casino and other related workers were legislated by the St. Kits – Nevis Labour Government in 2004.

Acting Minister of National Security, Immigration and Labour, Dr. Hon Earl Asim Martin submitted to Cabinet several recommendations for consideration.

Dr. Martin updated Cabinet on a consultative session which took place in June among a wide group of stakeholders with the objective of discussing the high cost of living and the minimum wage.

He informed Cabinet that several views expressed at the stakeholders meeting included the dramatic increase in the cost of living the world over and that there should be no resistance to the recommendation to increase minimum wages for a full 40-hour work week.

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