Papua New Guinea's newly-appointed minimum wages board will start conducting public hearings in Mendi, Southern Highlands, to review and set wage determination for the country.
The national wage rate set in 2008 was K2.29 (0.86) per hour.
Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Mark Maipakai said last Friday the board would review and decide on the appropriateness of all allowances including heavy duty, rural hardship, housing, industry and risk.
The 2013 board will:
*Review and determine the appropriateness of the current method, and conditions for wages and where appropriate determine a new national minimum wage;
*Review and determine the appropriateness or otherwise of all allowances, including heavy duty, rural hardship, housing, industry and risk;
*Finalise its findings within three months of the start of the hearings and report to the NEC; and,
*Seek extension from the NEC if need arises.
The last wage determination was in 2008 and its decision handed down in January, 2009.
The determination lapsed three years later.
The previous minimum wage determination of 2008 was summarised as the:
*National wage rate of K2.29 per hour;
*Abolishment of the national youth wage;
*Application for exemption on incapacity to pay;
*Transitional arrangement for application;
*Partial wage payments for the agriculture sector;
*Various allowances; and,
*No flow on effect.
Maipakai said the Government recognised the important role of the board and he hoped that all stakeholders, particularly industry leaders, employee and employer organisations, could attend the public hearings.