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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Minimum Wage

Whenever Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says that an issue is becoming “politicised”, that means only that he is having trouble explaining his version of the facts.

He seems to have trouble remembering that he too is a politician.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum keeps us telling us that the economy is doing well and unemployment is low.

If that is true, by the ordinary laws of economics, wages should be going up.

Because if what Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says is true, there is a shortage of workers and employers need to pay good wages to attract them.

Why, then, can he not increase the minimum wage to a decent level?

Why, then, does he say that the minimum wage can only be grown in a manner “conducive to the economy”?

What is the point of growing the economy if the poorest workers in the country cannot share in that growth?

Something is not adding up. I wonder if it is Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s economic management. Maybe he needs to take off that blindfold!

Pio Tikoduadua

NFP PRESIDENT