In March 2017, Cabinet agreed to the reconstitution of the Board and the reappointment/appointment of members, in accordance with the provision of Section 5(1) of the Minimum Wage Act, Chapter 88:04 for a period of three years. The Minimum Wages Board was established in March 1977, pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 of the Minimum Wages Act Chapter 88:04. The National Minimum Wage Rate was introduced in Trinidad and Tobago in April 1998. It was first established at $7.00 per hour and subsequently increased in January 2003 to $8.00 per hour and then to $9.00 per hour in March 2005. The National Minimum Wage was increased from $9 per hour to $12.50 per hour with effect from January 2010, and subsequently from $12.50 per hour to $15.00 per hour with effect from January 2015.
The newly appointed Minimum Wages Board received Instruments of Appointment from Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development at the Ministry’s Head Office on Tuesday May 16, 2017.
Caption: Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus is joined by the Chairman – Ms. Judith Sobion (left) and Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development Mr. Simeon Yearwood (right) of the Minimum Wages Board. Also in the picture from (L-R): Mr. Douglas Williams, Ms. Cindy Joseph, Mr. Bryan Rooplal, Ms. Sangeeta Boondoo, Ms. Nirmala Lal, Mr. Hayden Manzano.