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The national minimum wage: a measure which will reduce the extent of social exclusion

Le Conseil des ministres a tranché. Le montant du salaire minimum a été fixé à Rs 8 140 excluant la compensation salariale de Rs 360. Le ministre du Travail, Soodesh Callichurn l’a confirmé au Parlement, ce vendredi 8 décembre.

Une special allowance de Rs 860 sera attribuée aux travailleurs de la zone franche. A savoir que la compensation salariale est incluse dans le salaire de base de Rs 8 140 pour ces travailleurs. Ce qui amène à un montant global de Rs 9 000.

Alors que ceux qui ne travaillent pas dans la zone franche bénéficieront de Rs 500 comme special allowance. Ils toucheront Rs 8 140 comme salaire minimum plus la compensation de Rs 360 pour un montant global de Rs 9 000. Ces special allowances seront déboursées par la Mauritius Revenue Authority. 


Voici la déclaration du ministre du Travail au Parlement à ce sujet


I shall now intervene on the national minimum wage.

  • The need to improve the living conditions of the lowest paid workers and protect decent work and living conditions;
  • The overall economic situation of the country;
  • The need to increase the rate of growth and protect employment; and

The staging of the recommendations has been proposed for the following reasons:

  • To protect employment, sustain job creation and induce further investment for growth;
  • To protect low paying firms irrespective of sectors through a reasonable transition period;         and
  • To encourage firms to move away from the informal sector to the formal sector and reduce the extent of non-conformity to statutory

The House will note that the recommendations made by the Council aims at improving the standard of living of low wage earners and their families having regard to the need to:

  • promote equity in the society by reducing inequality;
  • bridge the gap between male and female wage earners; and
  • bridge wage differentials and improve income distribution in favour of the poor,

while ensuring, to the extent possible, that necessary measures are taken to safeguard employment, investment and economic growth and that Mauritius remains competitive on the international front.


Therefore, the recommendation made by the National Wage Consultative Council has been reviewed and the new proposals would be a combination of a national minimum wage plus a special allowance for the year 2018 as follows;

National Minimum Wage

  • Rs 8,140 plus additional remuneration of Rs 360 for all the workers in the non-EPZ sector.
  • Rs 8,140 inclusive of the additional remuneration of Rs 360 for all the workers in the EPZ sector.

The national minimum wage will be supplemented by a special allowance to be paid by the MRA as follows:

  • Rs 500 a month for all workers in non-EPZ sector.
  • Rs 860 a month for workers in EPZ sector.

The net result is that there will be no discrimination and all full time workers will be paid Rs 9,000 per month with effect from 01 January 2018.

The Council has recommended that as from 01 January 2019, workers be paid a national minimum wage of Rs8500 + additional remuneration.  I can assure the House that for the year 2019 workers will not be paid less than Rs9,000.

In this regard this Government has, since the start of its mandate, implemented a series of measures for an all-inclusive society and essentially to combat poverty and ultimately consolidate the foundations of the welfare state which in difficult circumstances is more than ever required. In terms of poverty alleviation the measures contained in the budgets presented are evidence of our commitment.  Inevitably the national minimum wage certainly fall into the category of measures which will reduce the extent of social exclusion and give to the present and future generations a message of hope.  We cannot join the league of high-income nations with part of our citizens still caught in the poverty trap.


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