within a certain economic bracket or whether it would extricate themfrom poverty is as per the mandate immaterial to such polemics. As amatter of fact, nothing in the Terms of Reference provided a rationalein pursuant of the activity. However, research instituted to producean outcome could not ignore the debate abounding in a profusion of literature on the subject. While the contemporary position is that, aminimum wage regime does not engender a reduction in poverty, thatdoes not mean that a minimum wage would not at least provide amodicum of relief for the destitute. The setting of a minimum wage is perceived in some quarters, as wellto raise the unemployment index, thereby contributing to furtherdestabilisation within the workforce in an already pervasive paradigmof a lack of employment opportunities.For the employer, an increase in productivity can be manifested whenemployees express appreciation in the face of the incentive of a higher wage. The idea that raising the wage bar would drive out investmentor result in businesses folding up by way of losing profitability havebeen shown to be unfounded for the most part. While in the literaturereview, the concerns have been highlighted, the arguments againstraising a minimum wage seem negligible. The argument lodged in the foregoing was raised in a speech deliveredby the Labour Commissioner on behalf of the Minister for Labour, atthe opening of the St. Lucia Employers' Federation Minimum WageWorkshop on September 13, 2010 where he made the following
"Naturally, the debate on minimum wage legislation has given rise to differences of opinion about the benefits and drawbacks of a minimum wage. Supporters of the 'minimum' say that it will serve to increase the standard of living of workers and reduce poverty, as it will dictate the lowest wage at which workers will be compensated for their labour.Alternatively, opponents question whether the minimum wage will be high enough to be effective and worry about possible increases in unemployment, particularly among workers with low productivity due to inexperience or handicap, thereby harming lesser skilled workers to the benefits of better skilled workers."
The statement advocated that
"whichever side of the discussion that you may find yourself, I sincerely hope that you consider all the issues in arriving at a consensus."