Indarsingh: A minimum wage increase is needed

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Indarsingh: A minimum wage increase is needed

The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) is calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $30 an hour.

JTUM leader and president general of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget made the call yesterday while speaking during Labour Day celebrations at Charlie King Junction, Fyzabad.

Saying that nobody in the country should be working for less than $30 an hour, Mr Roget called on the membership of the trade unions and other minimum wage earners to stand with the labour movement as they demand that workers be treated with dignity and respect.

The minimum wage currently stands at $17.50 an hour and took effect in December 2019.

Speaking with News Power Now this morning United National Congress Shadow Minister for Labour Rudy Indarsingh agreed with the need for a review of the minimum labour wage.

He said that his party has always advocated for labourers to get decent wages.

He said given increasing prices for goods and services coupled with escalating unemployment in Trinidad and Tobago.

Indarsingh maintained there will always be a need to review the minimum wage for workers.