Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ, Dennis Chung, says the furore over the latest increase in the national minimum wage is misplaced.

Speaking with Nationwide News, Mr. Chung says Jamaica should instead be focused on improving productivity in order to benefit the lower working class.

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The government has announced a $600 increase in the minimum wage, moving it from $5,500 for a 40-hour work week, to $6,200.

Mr. Chung says the government had to consider what employers can afford to pay employees, when deciding on a new floor for the minimum wage.

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Opposition MPs yesterday described the increase as an insult to the working class.

Mr. Chung says the true insult is the fact that the country is even using a minimum wage.

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