Long House session expected


Legislation designed to set up a commission to examine the creation of a minimum wage is to be debated in the House of Assembly today.

The Employment (Wage Commission) Act 2019 is among six Bills expected to be discussed in what was predicted to be a long session for MPs.

The legislation would create a six-strong Wage Commission, which would include two ex officio members from the ministries responsible for labour and finance.

Its main function would be the recommendation of a minimum hourly wage and a living wage.

The proposed legislation defined a living wage rate as the “amount of income necessary to afford an employee and his household a socially acceptable standard of living” and covered food, clothing, housing, medical treatment, childcare and transport.

A motion from Kim Swan, a Progressive Labour Party backbencher, for the House to support the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee’s report on the picketing of Parliament over a public-private partnership deal to build a new airport, will also be discussed.

Police used pepper spray on demonstrators on December 2, 2016 and several police officers were injured as the two sides clashed.

Several ministerial statements are expected.

Zane DeSilva, the tourism minister, will discuss the Bermudiana Beach Resort project created from the failed Grand Atlantic housing development.

The House will also hear from Mr DeSilva on Michele Bean, a Bermudian project manager who will oversee the technical aspects of the development of the new airport terminal.

Diallo Rabain, the education minister, will talk about scholarships and awards, and Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, will discuss Mary Prince, a former slave in Bermuda who became a major figure in Britain’s movement for the abolition of slavery. The Child Safeguarding (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2019, which was passed in the Senate on Wednesday, is to be tabled by Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health.

MPs are also expected to debate the Money Service Business Order 2019, Fund Administration Provider Business Act, Dental Practitioners Amendment (No 2) Act, and the Public Service Superannuation Amendment Act.

To view today’s Order of Business in the House of Assembly, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”

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Published Jul 19, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 19, 2019 at 6:36 am)

Long House session expected

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