As of today, the national minimum wage in Barbados will be $8.50 per hpur.

Government’s decision to press ahead with the April 1st implementation of the increased minimum wage followed yesterday’s meeting with Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Labour Minister, Colin Jordan and the Social Partnership.

Speaking during a press conference last night, Ms. Mottley said the meeting was cordial and although the stakeholders involved still do not agree on the start date, they all agree it is necessary to increase the minimum wage.

Prime Minister Mottley also said more Covid-19 vaccines will be arriving in Barbados shortly but could not give a specific date.

She said plans are in place to receive 60,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines from the Africa Medical Supplies Platform, and discussions are underway to procure vaccines from China and Russia when they are approved.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that some children will be returning to face-to-face classes in the next two weeks.

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