News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – The Ministry of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports is inviting the public to attend a series of Town Hall Meetings to discuss a Minimum/Living Wage for Bermuda.

The Town Hall Meetings will take place:

  • Thursday, May 2, 2019 – St George’s Cricket Club at 6.30pm
  • Thursday, May 9, 2019 – St Paul’s AME Centennial Hall at 6.30pm
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Somerset Cricket Club at 6.30pm

The public will recall that the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports the Hon. Lovitta Foggo JP, MP, recently announced that the Government is seeking to set up a Wage Commission to consult with key stakeholders regarding the establishment and implementation of a living/minimum wage.

This follows the tabling of a report by the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee (JSC) last year onThe Establishment of a Living/Minimum Wage Regime which listed the creation of a Wage Commission as one of its recommendations.  A copy of the report can be found online on the citizens forum where the public can make comments about the report and proposal for living/minimum wage in Bermuda.

The Commission will be responsible for conducting research, consulting and providing a report to the Minister on their work which will include recommendations for the establishment of a living/minimum wage.

The Ministry is embarking on a public consultation process by facilitating a series of town hall meetings hosted by the Chairman of the JSC. The aim is to provide more information and discussion on the topic. Legislation is currently in the works to enable the creation of the Commission so that their work can begin. The panelists include Chairman of the JSC, Rolfe Commissioning, JP, MP, Chief Financial Officer at Anchor Investment Management Ltd., Nathan Kowalski, Statistician Cordell Riley, Lawyer Philip Perinchief and Bermuda Industrial Union President Chris Furbert.

The public is encouraged to attend and provide their comments and feedback.