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Unity Fiji Party proposes $4 national minimum wage

New political party Unity Fiji is rolling out its campaign and among its policies is the proposal for a fair wage.

Party Leader and former Reserve Bank Governor, Savenaca Narube says revising the national minimum wage upwards for unskilled workers will be one of their key actions if they form the next government.

“You don’t want to put that number to high because that will destroy employment, too low, that is not fair wages, so what benchmark to use, we have looked at the various alternative benchmarks that may be available, we think it’s the poverty line, it’s the best and if you look at the poverty line, we estimate it to be $4 (US$2) an hour.”

Meanwhile, the current national minimum wage is $2.68 (US$1.25) an hour for unskilled workers.

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