Chamber urges politicians to support Minimum Wage Amendment
Friday 19th November 2021
The Jersey Chamber of Commerce are urging States Members to support an amended proposition by the Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin that would properly enable the Employment Forum to fully consult and review the next rise in the minimum wage and also examine the potential to set a minimum wage at the level the Jersey Living Wage.
Chamber President Jennifer Carnegie says “The amendment from the Minister for Social Security sets out a reasoned timeline and process that will rightly allow for thorough consultation with all stakeholders and as with the previous valued Minimum Wage work they have undertaken, a detailed and meaningful report, something completely lacking in the arbitrary figures set out in the original proposition.”
Chief Executive of Chamber Murray Norton comments, “The amendment to the original proposition: p.98-2021.pdf (gov.je) by the Minister to the amended proposition: p.98-2021 amd.pdf (gov.je) gives clear direction to the Employment Forum to have regard for the objectives of moving the minimum wage to two-thirds of median earnings and focuses their attention too on reaching a Living Wage.”
The Chamber President also says: “We would hope that given the past twenty-one months of damaging effects to the economy and particularly to local businesses, that States members will understand that as we enter a new stage of recovery, adding extra burdens of costs to employers without considered data and research from a body designed to make recommendations to the States Assembly, would be ill-timed, increase the costs to business and must be done with care and consideration”
Jersey Chamber of Commerce Press Release.