Duke says minimum wage increase not enough

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Duke says minimum wage increase not enough

PDP leader Watson Duke says the minimum wage should be raised to a sum that allows workers to receive at least $5,000 a month.

Speaking during a news conference on Wednesday at the party’s headquarters, Port Mall, Scarborough, Duke said he cringed when he learnt the minimum wage had been increased by $3 – from $17.50 to $20.50 an hour.

A former president of the Public Services Association, Duke said he was also disappointed his former colleagues in the trade union did not condemn the $3 increase.

“I expected from my trade-union colleagues a kind of rumbling. I listened for the bass and the baritone. Nothing was forthcoming,” he said.

Duke said while the increase sounds good on paper, it is only $3.

“You can’t even buy a cigarette for $3. You can’t even buy a joint for $3.”

He said the increase will result in a monthly salary of about $3,600.

“Of course, it is much better than what goes on now. Remember, what is happening now is total advantage.

“But we believe that if you are going to take us out of this deep hole of recession, backwardness, you will really accelerate the workers’ salary to nothing less than $5,000.”