Govt considering paid paternity leave, prime minister says

Among other initiatives, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on Wednesday night that the government is considering the implementation of paid paternity leave, as well as the revision of pensioners’ remuneration and child support remuneration.

The revelations came as he criticized the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) for a lack of support in recent talks surrounding a proposed increase of the public sector minimum wage.

Minnis asked whether the PLP will support other initiatives.

“We must also look at pensioners’ remuneration,” he said.

“But I hope, Mr. Speaker, that they don’t oppose this too.

“And if they say they’re for the people, I am certain that they won’t oppose that and they will work along with us to ensure that these matters come to fruition.”

Minnis added, “I ask them, will they support paid paternity leave?

“And last, Mr. Speaker, the other question I put to them is will they support improvement of child support renumeration?

“Mr. Speaker, these are questions that the PLP, the opposition, must answer.”

Minnis also questioned whether the PLP will support the extension of tax free zones to St. Barnabas, parts of Kemp Road, Rock Crusher and Gambier.

He made the comments following the debate and passing of a resolution expressing confidence in him as prime minister.

However, the PLP members were not in the House of Assembly to answer his questions, having walked out several minutes prior after a disagreement with the speaker.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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