The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations reiterates that the National Minimum Wage does not repeal but coexists with the current sectoral minimum wage rates for workers in the ten (10) sectors covered under the 2015 Wages Regulations.
The National Minimum Wage covers workers in the informal sector, as well as those workers in the formal sector that are not covered under the current ten (10) Wages Regulations.
The Ministry also confirms that Garment factory workers are covered under the Wages (Garment Industry) Regulations 2015. They are part of the 10 Sectors under the Wages Regulations 2015.
Some examples of informal occupations covered under the NMW are Domestic Workers/Maids/House Girls/Caregivers, Carwash Boys, Night Guards, Canteen Maids, Gardener, Caretakers, Back Garage Workers, Mechanics, Cane Cutters, Sardars, and Trailer Drivers etc.
The 10 Wages Regulations include, Printing Trades, Wholesale & Retail Trades, Hotel & Catering Trades, Garment Industry, Sawmilling & Logging Industry, Road Transport, Building & Civil & Electrical Engineering Trades, Manufacturing Industry, Mining & Quarrying Industry and Security Services.
The general public can obtain copies of these regulations from any Ministry of Employment Offices nationwide or can log on to our website www.labour.gov.fj.