Minimum wage $6.25 from July 1

Friday June 26, 2015 Written by Release/PW Published in Economy
On recommendation from the Minimum Wage Panel, Minister of Internal Aff airs Albert Nicholas (pictured in parliament last week) has set the minimum wage rate at $6.25 from July 1 2015. On recommendation from the Minimum Wage Panel, Minister of Internal Aff airs Albert Nicholas (pictured in parliament last week) has set the minimum wage rate at $6.25 from July 1 2015.

Employers and workers are reminded that the minimum wage rate of pay will increase to $6.25 per hour from 1 July 2015, a rise from the current minimum wage rate of $6 per hour, in accordance with the Employment Relations (Minimum rate of pay) Regulations 2015. 

The increase is a result of the review by the Minimum Wage Panel appointed by the Minister for Internal Affairs Albert Nicholas under the Employment Relations Act 2012 and guided by terms of reference, criteria, and public feedback. 

The Minimum Wage Panel submitted the 2015 Minimum Wage Rate Review Report to Nicholas in March. 

This year’s Minimum Wage Panel comprised Patricia Tuara Demmke (Ministry of Internal Affairs), James Webb (Ministry of Finance and Economic Management), Steve Anderson (Chamber of Commerce), Anthony Turua (Cook Islands Workers Association) and Nga Mataio (community representative).

Copies of the Minimum Wage Review report panel can be obtained from www.intaff.gov.ck.  For further information, please contact the Labour & Employment Relations Division, Ministry of Internal Affairs on 29370.

5 comments

  • Comment Link Ange Friday, 02 October 2015 16:32 posted by Ange

    Wow...The pay conditions are appalling, it doesn't balance out the cost of living at all, wake up and smell the coffee. OMG everything from power,gas, fuel, phones/internet and basic food costs are through the roof, 2 incomes still don't suffice the pathetic pay rise for basic food, shelter, clothing. While low income families struggle to make ends meet and are forced to seek employment in foreign countries, it exposes foreign investors to capitalise on slave labour. My heart goes out to the people on struggle street barely making ends meet. Perhaps the gov needs to look at their statistical findings with crime and ask themselves that basic question...why is this happening. Im sure the people would love to know what their gov salaries are...after all it is the tax payers that pay for your salaries. No unions to advocate for fair pay, no Enterprise bargaining Agreements, no watch dogs. There is no social justice just pure political corruption at its best.

  • Comment Link Aki Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:50 posted by Aki

    From the moment i was born my life was predetermined for me, my parents raised me for the sole purpose of leaving the cooks because of the hardships on families their, i am 43years old, only been back once since i was sent away to be educated in another part of the world.
    Rarotonga is and always will be in my blood but our people suffer, the rich get richer, the corrupt get sneakier, the poor get marginalised and the foreigners keep moving in.
    Cant take the island outta the girl, but she sure got taken away from the island

  • Comment Link Jason Tini Friday, 26 June 2015 22:23 posted by Jason Tini

    WAKE UP , RAROTONGA,COOK ISLANDS ,THE MINIMUM WAGE IS TOO MUCH , let's take it to a dollar a day , come people ,sure food at CITC is expensive , petrol prices are ridiculously high , the basic bread is only $5 a loaf ,not to mention bank loans for personal is at 14%,housing loans average 9-12% ...make our minimum $1A DAY ........then more FORIEGNERS can come in to rarotonga and work for the wages we set , hopefully the rest of the world will follow our great life saving choices .....WHAT A BLOODY JOKE

  • Comment Link wow,thats abit low,why not $9.00 starting rate come on people be fair too our people.. Friday, 26 June 2015 20:34 posted by wow,thats abit low,why not $9.00 starting rate come on people be fair too our people..

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  • Comment Link Jason tini Friday, 26 June 2015 16:33 posted by Jason tini

    Is this a joke hahahaha NOT FUNNY .to the panel who put this figure in the paper , take a lesson on life in Rarotonga , Cook Islands , EVERYTHING IS DAMM EXPENSIVE IN RAROTONGA , how can a husband n wife support a family of day three kids and be expected to , pay there mortgage , insurances, cost of food will be one weeks wage off one person , still got power, phone , Internet , petrol to run the truck , petrol for the bikes , rego , the list goes on....YA DREAMIN IF YOU THINK THE COOK ISLANDS MINIMUM IS ENOUGH , wake up panel all of you'd are DREAMERS PREPARE FOR RAROTONGA TO BE OVER POPULATED WITH FORIEGNERS , because at the rate your going at ...THERE WILL BE NO LOCALS IN RAROTONGA ....COST OF LIVING TOO BLOODY HIGH AND HOW DO YOU PEOPLE ON THE PANEL EXPECT OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE A FUTURE IF YOU PAY THEM CRAP WAGES !!!!!!!....ALWAYS FALLING ON DEAF EARS ...Jason Tini .....no surprises there...

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