(CMR) With the Cayman Islands' current minimum wage set over six years ago, the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee (MWAC) is seeking the public’s feedback on the country’s next national minimum wage.
From 20 June to 31 July 2023, the public is asked to give their feedback by way of completing an online survey on Survey Monkey to share their thoughts and concerns.
The MWAC is comprised of 16 members representing employers, employees, and members of the community, including youth and the Sister Islands, and meets weekly since convening on 25 January 2023. The MWAC continues to collect and review the necessary data which they will consider when making their recommendation in a report due to Cabinet by 30 September.
Community town hall meetings are also in the works and will be announced as soon as arrangements are finalized. Printed surveys will be made available at the district public libraries after 4 July.
Chairman Lemuel Hurlston states, “We encourage the public to give us their feedback on this important topic. The data we gather will assist us in making the best possible recommendations for the Cayman community as a whole.”
Speaking to Sandra Hill on The Cold Hard Truth on Thursday, Mr. Hurlston said, “We are not starting from scratch; we are simply building on what had been done before. We hope to wrap this up and get our final report submitted to the government by the end of September.”
He also pointed out that the Committee is an advisory group, so the government may or may not accept their advice as previous governments have accepted their report but have not implemented all recommendations.
Persons can complete the survey by visiting the Ministry of Border Control and Labour web page or by clicking https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MWAC23. To keep updated on the public consultation campaign, like and follow us on Facebook at Minimum Wage Cayman and on Instagram at @minimumwageky. The MWAC can also be contacted via email [email protected].
A minimum wage was implemented in the Cayman Islands in 2016, but it has not been reviewed since.