Reform Jersey response to minimum wage debate
Reform Jersey thanks those States Members that supported our proposition to raise the minimum wage further in 2020. We are disappointed that the States Assembly has chosen not to take positive action to meet its commitment to reduce income inequality. The decision of the majority of States Members not to support this proposition shows how out of touch they are with the harsh reality of living on a low income.
Our States Members remain committed to bringing forward propositions that deliver on the promises made in our manifesto, and follow through on the pledges that we made to our constituents. We will continue to work towards bringing the minimum wage up to £10 per hour by 2022, as we promised to do.
At the start of this year the Chief Minister made a public commitment that 2020 will be a year of action. We call on the Chief Minister to remain true to his word, and will hold him and the Council of Ministers to account through our continued work in Scrutiny.
Achieving the kind of progressive change that our voters want, requires the political will of the majority of the States Assembly. We have 5 sitting States Members, but we need the support of more members in the Assembly to bring about the action that we want to see. It is important that our Assembly is representative of our population, which is why we support the Privileges and Procedures Committee’s proposals for electoral reform. We hope to see a more representative Assembly in 2022, and encourage people from all walks of life to consider joining the party and standing for election.