Senior Minister Amory (at head table) welcomed the nominees to the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Nominees to the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee met for the first time on Nov. 13 for a familiarization session, as the formal process to deliberate on the matter begins.

The minimum wage in St. Kitts and Nevis is $9.00 per hour or $360.00 per week.

Senior Minister and Minister of Labour, the Honourable Vance Amory welcomed the nominees to the meeting that was held at the conference room of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

“This is a very important process and I must commend all of the organizations and institutions represented and the nominees, you, for the commitment and willingness to serve, participate and make a contribution …,” Amory said.

“The purpose of the minimum wage is to create a wage flow for the labour market and to ensure [a] minimum standard of living for workers. It also serves as a form of protection for the most vulnerable workers in our country.”

The committee is comprised of 30 nominated people representing government, the private sector, and civil society. The formation is guided by the Labour Minimum Wage Act Chapter 18.19, which makes provisions for a consultative approach to be adopted when revisions to the minimum wage are being considered.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Ron Dublin-Collins said the nominees will officially become members of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee during its first scheduled meeting on Dec. 13, 2018. They will officially be presented with instruments of appointments at that time.

Committee members will undertake research, as well as review and consider matters related to the minimum wage, in addition to consulting with stakeholders and advising the Minister of Labour on crucial next steps, including if any variations are needed.