Labour Minister Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte says she has received the preliminary report of the Minimum Wage Commission and is happy with what the body has presented so far after extensive work.
But the Minister told reporters that the Commission is still refining the document.
The former trade unionist disclosed that the Commission had examined what was occurring regionally and considered International Labour Organization (ILO) guidelines along with the work people do in the various sectors in Saint Lucia.
“In the coming months, we should be getting something very definite in terms of a report which will be presented to the Prime Minister so he could make that public,” the Babonneau MP disclosed.
However, she said one major concern was the minimum wage’s impact on many business places and the government.
“We will have to be very careful how we roll it out so that we do not offset the system and ensure that the workers get a fair day’s pay,” Albert-Poyotte stated.
At the same time, she noted that workers could not ask for payment if they did not produce quality work.
“It will be based on an hourly rate for different sectors,” she explained.
And the Minister declared that the system would be fair.
“I cannot put a time frame. We just asked them to continue the process,” Albert-Poyotte said regarding submission of the Commission’s final minimum wage report.