Fijileaks: If Frank Bainimarama, as Prime Minister, wants to run around the world everyday of the year, he should pay from his own pocket or demand from the host country to pay for his expenses, given that Fiji is too 'POOR' to pay $4 an hour minimum wage to its hard-working citizens. Why does he need $3,000 per day in allowance if all his expenses, hotel bills and food is taken care off? - For SHOPPING every day?????????
And Aiyaz Khaiyum and his 12 Bodyguards should take a bus to his "ROAD SHOWS" and other engagements, for it will save taxpayers thousands of dollars in TRAVELLING EXPENSES. Khaiyum and his bodyguards could buy seasonal E-Ticket Bus Travel Cards (or even walk from Parliament to the city centre for a cup of coffee or hair cut).
HAIR-RAISING FLIGHT: We have suggested that Khaiyum and his bodyguards should take the bus based on an episode some time back when he was flying with Fiji Airways. A well-know Indo-Fijian family was transiting via Hong Kong to _________(country withheld for fear of persecution) when they were told that they could not occupy the seats behind the RESERVED seats. The family protested saying they had paid for those seats. Not long afterwards, to their horror and disappointment, they saw Khaiyum and his family take up those reserved seats, and the seats immediately behind the Khaiyum family (which was for the other family) was now ordered to be EMPTY. The other family lately told our Founding Editor-in-Chief VICTOR LAL in London: "First, the plane did not belong to Khaiyum but to Waqavuka Ltd in Ireland. Secondly, was he afraid of his coiffured hair-do, as if we were going to lean over and pull it from behind the seats we had paid for but were denied to occupy by Fiji Airways? He reminded us of an African dictator. Ironically, when he used to travel overseas economy class, he used to come and stay at our place. He pretended he
did not recognize us when he took up the RESERVED seats on Fiji Airways."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said trade unionists should understand that the minimum wage of $2.68 per hour was for unskilled workers and not for other category of employment. He said free services provided by Government for low-income earners played an important role in determining the minimum wage rate for unskilled workers.
"Now, when we assess minimum wage, you need to take into account, the cost of living, the various everyday utility cost that people have to meet and that is how minimum wage is determined," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. Source: The Fiji Times, 23 October 2017
NFP stands by $5 pay proposal: Party leader Biman Prasad, in a press statement, says the NFP is adamant that a living wage of five dollars an hour for workers is needed to offset inflation
Fijileaks: If you are so adamant, why were you absent at the PUBLIC rally to explain your position, instead of 'talking' through a PRESS release? We are sure like Rabuka, Prasad will come up with the b******t - 'prior appointments'
Minimum wage rates are determined by factors such as poverty threshold, prevailing wage rates as determined by the Labor Force Survey, and socio-economic indicators (i.e. inflation, employment figures, Gross Regional Domestic Product, among others), which insures better workers protection.
Over and above minimum wage is the voluntary productivity-based pay, which encourages workers and enterprises to become more competitive and productive by rewarding employees supplementary pay based on the quality of their performance.
How is the mandatory minimum wage set? There are four factors that influence the fixing of minimum wage, namely:
1. Needs of workers and their families
Demand for living wage
Wage adjustment vis-à-vis Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Cost of living and changes therein
Needs of workers and their families
Improvements in standards of living
2. Capacity to pay
Fair return on capital invested and capacity to pay of employers
3. Comparable wages and incomes
Prevailing wage levels
4. Requirements of economic and social development
Need to induce industries to invest in the countryside
Effects on employment generation and family income
Equitable distribution of income and wealth along the imperatives of economic social development