Minimum Wage Around The Region: The Caribbean & Central America

At this week ‘Cabinet Meeting’ ( Tuesday, Nov. 23rd. 2021) the government of Belize ‘John Briceno Administration’ announced that the labor department has been tasked with developing a plan to gradually increase the ‘Minimum Wage’ from $3.30bz. to $5.00bz.

Increasing the minimum wage was a promise of the PUP in the 2020 manifesto before the election and also the campaign slogan of ‘PLAN BELIZE’

Below is a comparison list of ‘Minimum Wages’ in the region and CARICOM countries.

CountryLocal $/hr$USD/hrNote
Bahamas$5.25Bd=$5.25usd/hrJan. 2017
Barbados $8.50Bd=$4.25USApril 2021
Belize $3.30Bz=$1.65US/hr2021
GuyanaG$202/hr.=$1.00usd/hr2021
Haitirarely enforced <$1usd/hr less than $1/hr
Jamaica$7,000/wk=$45usd/wk Jun.2018
TrinidadTT$17.50=$2.60usd/hrDec 2019
Guatemala10.60-11.60/hr=$1.50usd/hr2021 ^see note
Honduras$37 Lempira=$1.55uds/hr2021
Mexico$141mx-peso=$7.10usd/hr2021 *see note
El Salvador$1.50usd/hr2021 *see note
NOTE: Not all countries have hourly minimum wage, some have daily minimum wage, and some countries have different minimum wages that are based on the job sector. Additionally, Similar to the United States, where the Federal minimum wage is $7.25usd/hr. – Some border cities in northern states of Mexico have a higher minimum wage than some southern states in Mexico.

Not all countries have an hourly minimum wage, some have daily minimum wage, and some countries have different minimum wages that are based on the job sector. Additionally, Similar to the United States, where the Federal minimum wage is $7.25usd/hr. – Some cities in northern Mexico have a higher minimum wage than some southern states in Mexico.

Another example is El Salvador, where there are 4 different minimum wages ; two for the city and two for the countryside or rural areas. In certain areas Agriculture, and coffee or cotton workers are paid $8.00usd/day.

The minimum wage in a country or state is directly correlated with the ‘Standard of Living’; NOTE: The minimum wage in Belize has not changed in more than 10 years.


Written & Compiled by: channel1Belize.com / digitalBelize,LIVE Staff writer – Thursday, November 25th. 2021 – digitalbelize@gmail.com

FATAL STABBING IN ROCKVILLE – BELIZE CITY WOMAN DIED

A young woman identified as Venecia Staine was fatally stabbed in the village of Rockville on Easter Sunday. Reports are that sometime after 5pm. an altercation in the village lead to the stabbing of Venecia Staine. She is from Belize City.

She was rushed to the K.H.M.H and died as a result of multiple stab wounds. The circumstances of the incident has not been officially released at the time of this news posting.

This is a developing story and News Flash on Channel1Belize.com

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    Fake Cops or Real Cops Snatch $130k From Little Old Lady

    Stann Creek police are investigating an inside job *, but not within the department. It’s a strange case, where-as the ‘pretend-cops’, or ‘real cops’ !, had to have known that so much money was ‘inside’ a certain house.

    The incident has been classified as a ‘Home-Invasion’ and theft of $130,000.00 ( one hundred and thirty thousand ).




    The robbers posed as cops, (or real cops) dressed in full uniform, like GSU tactical camouflage uniform. And according to the victim’s report, it all happened at her home in the village of Hope Creek, which is about 15 miles from Dangriga Town in the Stann Creek district.




    Initial investigation indicate that 3 dark-skin men dressed like GSU Cops barged into the home of 57yr-old Mrs. Esther Crispia at about 10pm Thursday night May 19th.; and shouted that they were doing a search for drugs and illegal firearms, the victim told police that one of the men identified himself as a police officer.

    Mrs. Esther Crispia told police that the men took $130,000.00 that she had hidden in the house; they informed her that the money would be taken to the police station as they believed it was the proceeds of a drug sale.

    According to Mrs. Esther Crispia’s report, the men arrived in a white pick-up truck that had stickers or markings that indicated that they were police.




    Mrs. Esther Crispia said she followed the 3 men outside, and, there was a forth man waiting inside the vehicle that brought them to her house.

    Before leaving the premises Mrs. Esther Crispia said the men informed her that only after providing proof of the source of the funds, it would be returned to her at the police station.

    Mrs. Esther Crispia told police in her report that the money was the proceeds from the sale of a house in Guatemala.















    An Opinion About Bomb Threats In Belize

    The once peaceful little country of Belize has been rocked again by an erroneous or anonymous bomb-threat, this time at City Hall in Belize City, and last week it was at the KHMH, and last year it was at the Treasury Bldg. on Coney Drive, and then there was the bomb-threat at the Charles Bartlette Building , also known as Complex.

    Belizean are either asleep or playing the fool, they still haven’t figured out that whenever there is a bomb-threat, it is the work of foreign tricksters that are signaling information to others in the country and co-conspirators outside the country.

    Some Belizeans are of the belief that criminal-terrorist-foreigners simply come to Belize for no reason and are here to big-up Belize, and give them treats for no reason.

    The naivety is astonishing. It’s like noting has changed in 400 years, when foreigners went to Africa and tricked the locals to view them as friends, and dislike their fellow countrymen in villages next-door.

    Today, there was another Bomb-Threat, this time at City Hall.
    And it is the handy work of foreign-demons playing games and message passing to their fellow co-conspirators.

    Unfortunately; some locals are trying to communicate with the foreign-demons in their phones. ( the same foreign demons that are eavesdropping and manipulating ).

    Please wake up Belize, there are foreign people in the country that are best described as demons, and they are pretending to be the good-guys.

    It is astonishing how much the little nation has been thru,

    The countless missing children and bodies found; so many that at least 95% are unsolved murders and or disappearances.

    The 5 fishermen who’s boat was found shot-up, and later their bodies were found in different locations, it was jaw-dropping to see people say that it was just other Belizean-fishermen that did it over fishing turf.

    Or the lunatic that killed himself in a Barcelona Jail, who boasted about fathering 47 children in Belize, or! maybe they believe he came to Belize for no reason, or that his contacts here are the good-guys ?

    The atrocious crimes that have occurred in this nation is so devastating, But, there are still those who wish to pretend they don’t know or understand.

    They somehow believe that the foreign-monster’s that perpetrated so much fraud and crime, too countless to mention, were here or are here to help them, or do good.

    No Belize, those foreign-demons are not here to do good, they are here to cover-up the past, and atrocities that Belizeans are yet to realize.


    Јаѕmіnе Наrtіn Accuses Security Guard Of Rape – & – Јаѕmіnе Наrtіn Is Prime Suspect: In Hit On ComPol’s Life

    Jasmine Hartin reportedly wants Commissioner Chester Williams and a Magistrate dead, So said a security guard who lives in a dwelling near Hartin on the island-village of Caye Caulker.

    But with no evidence to support the claim it would be considered ‘he-said-she-said’.

    This afternoon (May 19th.) Ms. Jasmine Hartin was arraigned for ‘non-specific charges’ as the courts and investigators are tight-lip about Hartin and the numerous trials she is facing. including a child-custody battle in the family court and an assault charge, and the upcoming trial for the shooting death of ASP Henry Jemmott.

    Additionally, Jasmine Hartin has accused 37yr.-old Security Guard Lionel Nеаl of rape. Neal lives in the same dwelling as Hartin and said that he and Hartin are lovers, and it all happened due to an argument.

    Neal wаѕ аrrаіgnеd іn thе Веlіzе Сіtу Маgіѕtrаtе’ѕ Соurt on Thursday morning (May 19th.) on twо сrіmіnаl сhаrgеѕ, оnе соunt оf burglаrу wіth thе іntеnt tо rаре аnd оnе соunt оf thrеаtеnіng wоrdѕ. Reportedly based on claims made by Jasmine Hartin.

    In court, Lionel Neal denied the claim made by Hartin, and Сhіеf Маgіѕtrаtе Ѕhаrоn Frаѕеr grаntеd him bаіl іn thе ѕum оf $2,500. Lionel Nеаl nехt соurt dаtе іѕ ѕеt fоr Јulу 19, 2022.

    The Jasmine Hartin trial for the shooting death of ASP Jemmott is scheduled to begin in July 2022, ASP Henry Jemmott was shot dead on a boat pier on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. whilst in the company of Jasmine Hartin. Hartin has told investigators that the shooting was an accident.