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The governor of P.Rico signs an executive order to increase the minimum wage

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, will sign an executive order today to increase the minimum wage in the public service and government construction contracts, According to the island's executive in a statement.

San Juan, March 2 (EFE) .- The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, today signed an executive order to increase the minimum wage in public service and contracts Governmental organizations, the island's government said in a statement.

The mandate states that by July 1 the minimum wage of Central government agencies will increase from $ 7.25 an hour to $ 8.25.

In addition, the order states that any government contractor in the construction industry will have to To issue a certification to equate the minimum wage of its employees to the public servants of the Government of Puerto Rico.

The initiative assumes that the minimum will rise from 7.25 To $ 8.25 an hour in that government contractor sector.

"With this executive order we begin a process aimed at fulfilling our aspiration to increase the minimum wage of Our public servants, staggered up to 10 dollars per hour, "said Rossello.

He clarified that the parameters are set for an increase, taking into account Account the government's fiscal resources.

The executive order states that all government agencies must begin a process aimed at raising the minimum wage of employees Governmental organizations and that the director of the Office of Management and Budget should identify the budget items aimed at fulfilling the objectives of this executive order.

According to the order "the General Services administrator is ordered to require in every contract of the Government of Puerto Rico for construction projects, a certification of the contractor Which establishes that its employees charge at least the minimum wage established for public servants of the central government. "

Rosselló will sign another executive order to create a Multisectoral Committee to increase the minimum wage in Puerto Rico.

This group will be led by the Secretary of Labor and will be members of the Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, the Chairperson of the Planning Board, a member of the Private Sector Coalition, a member of the trade union movement, an economist and a person nominated by the Governor.

The committee will have the task of analyzing and preparing a report that must be submitted within 90 days after the signing of this executive order, establishing recommendations Aimed at enacting legislation aimed at raising the minimum wage in Puerto Rico for the private sector.

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