The 2023 Minimum Wage Review will be considered against a backdrop of rising costs for both living and running a business as the island nation continues to recover from Covid-19, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.
are still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, and the country is
witnessing a steady outflow of the workforce towards New Zealand.
minimum wage review is therefore important as a tool that can be used, in
support with other measures, to support our economic recovery.”
2022 review saw the minimum wage rise from $8 to $8.50.
aim of the panel conducting this year’s review is to “strike a balance between
the needs and abilities of all sectors”, the statement said.
order to engage effectively with the different sectors of our community, there
must be the opportunity for active discussion and debate on Rarotonga and the
the panel will be organising public platforms and written submissions in order
to collect as many views as possible before making their recommendation to the
panel is comprised of Maru Mariri-Tepou, representing the Ministry of Internal
Affairs; Tristan Metcalfe, representing the Ministry of Finance and Economic
Management; Chamber of Commerce chief executive Rebecca Tavioni, representing
employers; Cook Islands Workers Association president Helen Maunga,
representing employees; and Nga Teao-Papatua, representing the community.
met for the first time on Thursday last week, kicking off the compulsory annual
panel is looking forward to engaging with our community and be in a strong
position to give valuable recommendations reflecting the needs of our country
to the Minister,” the statement said.
year’s minimum wage review occurs in a changing economic environment, shaped by
the recovery from the global Covid-19 pandemic.”
deadline for submissions is March 10. Submissions must be made in writing and
addressed to Minimum Wage Panel, Ministry of Internal Affairs or emailed to
wage was first established in the Cook Islands in 1964, when the Industrial and
Labour Ordinance was passed.