Minimum Wage Increase
5th January, 2011
The TTMA wishes to advise that the Minimum Wages Order of 2010 became effective on Saturday 1st January, 2011 signaling an increase in the minimum wage in Trinidad and Tobago from $9 per hour to $12.50 per hour.
The Minimum Wages Order 2010 has revoked the 2005 Order and will benefit certain categories of workers. According to the new legislation (see attached), "The national minimum wage and provisions relating to overtime in this Order shall be applicable to petrol filling station employees, catering industry employees, shop assistants, security industry employees and household assistants."
Please note that this increase will not be applicable to:
"a. trainees in training schools approved by appropriate Government agencies such as the(i) Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP); or (ii) National Energy Skills Centre;
"b. schemes developed from time to time by other Government ministries, departments or agencies;
"c. other schemes submitted to and approved by the Minister to whom responsibility for labour is assigned;
"d. registered apprentices;
"e. students on vacation jobs;
"And f. persons who volunteer services to registered charitable organisations and social services agencies registered with the Ministries responsible for social services, youth, sports, community development or gender affairs."
The TTMA wishes you to note further that "This order shall not be construed as authorising a. the reduction of wages paid to those employees who already receive wages in excess of the national minimum wage; and b. changes in the existing terms and conditions of any worker to effect a lowering of such terms and conditions."