Barbados's new minimum wage takes effect

Barbados's new minimum wage took Thursday effect despite concerns expressed by the private sector that the timing is wrong.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley told a press briefing last night that the planned increase from BDS$6.25 to BDS$8.50 per hour would proceed.             
Ms Mottley said the government was spending significant sums in both grants and loans to support the tourism sector and others in society, and those at the very edge of the margin could not be left out.
The Barbados Private Sector Association had called for the government to delay the implementation until January next year, to give businesses a chance to bounce back from the losses caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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