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Trinidad and Tobago’s new minimum wage takes effect

The minimum age in Trinidad and Tobago was increased to TT$17.50 per hour yesterday, following a commitment by the Government during that country’s budget presentation in October.

Trinidad and Tobago’s increased minimum wage too effect yesterday, December 1.
(Photo: MyTobago)

The minimum wage increased from TT$15 and will benefit some 194,000 Trinbagonians, according to Finance Minister Colm Imbert when he made the announcement on October 7 during his presentation of the Government’s “Stability, Strength and Growth” budget.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert (Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday)

Other fiscal measures that came into effect on December 1 are a 10 per cent increase in On-The-Job Training Programme (OJTP) trainee stipend; a 15 per cent increase in Unemployment Relief Programme wages; and a 15 per cent increase in Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme workers’ wages and contractor fees.

What’s more, the Finance Minister also announced that it will now take on eight thousand trainees in its OJTP, representing an additional 3,000 people.

OJTP is a pre-employment programme which offers youth from ages 16 to 35 the opportunity to acquire skills and experience in public and private organisations for a period of up to two years.