jamaica-flag-1-web.jpgKINGSTON — The government is hiking the minimum wage by 11 percent, a step Labor Minister Derrick Kellier said would help the poorest Jamaicans without hurting employers.

Minimum-wage employees will earn at least $56 a week starting Sept. 3, compared with the current $51.

Opposition labor spokesman Pearnel Charles said it was “almost an insult for me to look at a worker” and say wages were being increased by less than a U.S. dollar a day.

The government inflation index shows prices have jumped roughly 20 percent since the last increase in the minimum wage in 2009.