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Garment labour unions demand drastic hike in wages
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May '09
Four labour unions, together, have demanded from the government and the garment factories an increase in wages by more than 80 percent. The current average monthly wage is around US $50 per month and they have demanded $93 per month.

The unions aver that workers will start migrating to other means of employment if the salary that is paid is not enough to maintain their sustenance and only a decent salary will encourage them to stay on in their current jobs.

They allege that the workers are paid just $1.93 per day, far lower than the $3 per day recommended by the National Institute of Statistics to ensure an adequate standard of living for the workers.

They add that, since the beginning of the crisis, the workers are not able to avail of overtime due to the slowdown in orders and this has led to them receiving just the normal salaries, which is too low for survival.

The factory owners on the other hand are saying that the timing of the demand is wrong and at a time most of the factories are operating at low capacities due to a slowdown in orders, the workers should have refrained from raising these demands.

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