The statutory minimum wage on the BES islands to be raised to $1,750 on July 1st

The amendment by Don Ceder (ChristenUnie) and Jorien Wuite (D66) to introduce a social minimum in the Caribbean Netherlands as of 1 July 2024 can count on a majority in the House of Representatives.

In recent days, several groups have signed the amendment. These are PvdA/GroenLinks, CDA, SP, Partij voor de Dieren, DENK, and the SP. Together with D66 and ChristenUnie, these parties have 80 seats. This makes next Tuesday’s vote a formality.

For the petitioners Ceder and Wuite it was exciting whether they would receive sufficient support. There were no doubts about the left-wing parties; the key was on the right, with the CDA. What helped was that Minister for Poverty Policy Carola Schouten has hinted that the government is prepared to implement the amendment — if there is sufficient support.

The amendment provides for the statutory minimum wage on the BES islands to be raised on 1 July, 2024 to the social minimum recommended by the Thode Committee. Eur 4.2 million will be allocated for this purpose. Another $4.2 million is available to compensate employers for the higher staff costs resulting from the increase in the statutory minimum wage to $1,750.

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Second chamber elections on the 22nd of November 2023
Minister Carola Schouten with Glenn Thodé will visit the Caribbean Netherlands


  1. how much is the hourly minimum wage now and how much will it be on July first?
    I don’t understand $1,750…

    • Remember we’re dealing with politicians here, many of whom have never lived in the real world. My understanding is $1750 is the minimum monthly wage you will be paid if you are full time employed. I understand your concern, an hourly wage would be helpful. My best guess is based on a 40 hour work week, so the hourly would be $10.94. Hope this helps…

      • a lot of people don’t work exactly 40 hours a week or 160 hours a month… maybe in February but not others. Besides the average person will not remember $10.94 an hour. $1,760 would be $11 an hour!!!! much better!

        • The math is actually $1750 per month, x 12 months = $21000 per year, divided by 2080 hours per year (52 weeks times 40 hours) = $10,10 per hour.

  2. At this moment the minimal wage per hour is $8.27 ($1,434 per month or $17,208 per year).
    By the first of July 2024 this will be raised to $10.09 ($10) an hour ($1,750 per month or $21,000 a year)

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