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(L to R) Ms. Tammy Ebanks, Acting Deputy Chief Officer and Ministry Liaison; Mr. Christen Suckoo, Acting Chief Officer; Hon. Tara Rivers, Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs; Mr. Lemuel Hurlston,CVO, MBE, JP, Chair, MWAC and Mr. Nicolas Joseph, Deputy Chair, MWAC.

Published 21st October 2014, 1:9pm

On 16th October, the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee (MWAC) launched its public consultation at a press conference. The Committee is seeking public opinion and information on the topic of introducing a minimum wage to the Cayman Islands.

            The first phase of the public consultation will run until 30th November, 2014 followed by a second phase in January with the Committee submitting their final report to Cabinet by the end of February 2015.

            To assist the MWAC in collecting the necessary data they require, they have developed five surveys, each aimed at a particular sector of the community. The five surveys are for:

1.    Household Employers – for people who employ domestic helpers, nannies, groundskeepers, gardeners, etc. in their homes.

2.    Household Employees – for persons who work as domestic helpers, nannies, groundskeepers, gardeners, etc. in a person’ home.

3.    Business Employers – for persons who own a private sector business or their authorised representative such as HR Managers, Directors, Partners, General Managers, etc.

4.    Business Employees – for persons who are employed by a private sector business.

5.    General Public- aimed particularly at students, civil servants, retirees and the unemployed.

The surveys can be found online at www.education.gov.ky/minimumwage. Printed copies will also be made available at all district libraries including Cayman Brac, the Government Administration Building in George Town and the Little Cayman Post Office.

            As well as attending various radio and TV talk shows over the course of the public consultation, the Committee will also host three focus group sessions. The focus groups will be held in Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman with more details being released in the near future. During the month of November, representatives from the Economics and Statistics Office will be contacting a sample of business and households on all three islands to complete the surveys, and Town Hall Meetings in each district will be held in January. 

The Cayman Brac focus group session will be on Saturday 25th October at Layman Scott Sr. High School Hall. The morning session will be for both Household and Business Employers. The afternoon session will be for Household and Business Employees and unemployed Caymanians.  Both sessions will be two hours in length with the morning session beginning at 10:00am and the afternoon session beginning at 1:00pm. The Grand Cayman session on Saturday 1st November will follow the same format with employees and employers being the target groups.

A third focus group session will also be held in Grand Cayman on Thursday 30th October beginning at 7:00pm. This session will focus on the youth, unemployed Caymanians and again household employees.

           In order to plan accordingly for refreshments, interested persons who would like to attend the focus groups will need to register by emailing minimumwage@gov.ky or by calling 244-3151

 

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