On the recommendation of the Wage Advisory Committee that was established since May 2008, the minimum wage for a security guard will increase from EC$4 (US$1.48) to EC$8 (US$2.96) per hour while the monthly pay for domestic workers nationwide will move to EC$750 (US$277), up from around EC$400 (US$148).
“Recognizing that some security companies will have to engage their clients to discuss the effect of the new rates on their existing contracts, we have decided to allow a grace period of three months, once gazetted, before the new rates are effective,” said Labour Minister Glynis Roberts who made the announcement to security guards and others at a meeting that was specially convened to discuss the minimum wage issue.
“I know you are anxious to get the increases. They are coming. But, at the same time, in fairness to your employers, we must give them some time to make the adjustments.”
The Wage Advisory Committee, that included representatives from the Grenada Trades’ Union Council and the Grenada Employers’ Federation, had been set up to investigate employment conditions for workers in trade and industry, and to make recommendations to the Ministry of Labour.
The committee submitted a report last year and recommended minimum wage increases for 14 categories of workers.
Roberts said additional lobbying was undertaken by members of the labour movement on behalf of domestic workers and security guards.
She said labour representatives felt the proposed new rates for domestic workers and security guards were still too low, given the responsibilities and risks faced by the workers in carrying out their duties.
“The matter was taken back to Cabinet and Cabinet agreed to increase the minimum wage for domestic workers and security guards,” Roberts explained.
“We believe that, as workers, you have a duty to provide a fair day’s work to your employers and a right to receive a fair day’s pay for that work.