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Mauritius approves minimum monthly wage of $257 from 2018
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Dec '17
Mauritius recently approved a new minimum wage package of 9,000 Mauritian rupees per month ($257) from next year. Years of campaigning by trade unions in Mauritius led to this decision that will benefit around 120,000 workers in the country. Trade unions see this benefiting textile workers, many of whom were earning an average monthly salary of only $114.

The new monthly minimum wage announced in parliament is Rs 8,140, but various compensation payments means that all workers will take home Rs 9,000, according to a press release from Geneva-based IndustriALL Global Union.

Ninety per cent of workers in the Mauritian textile and garment industry are women; conditions are tough and many need to stand all day while they work.

However, the figure is still below what trade unions judge to be a living wage, calculated at around RS 14,500 (US$414) in 2014, the release said. Trade unions have been pushing for the new minimum wage during tripartite negotiations with the government and employers in Mauritius.

“Years of campaigning have paid dividends and the new minimum wage will make an enormous difference to the lives of thousands of workers, particularly women,” said IndustriALL’s assistant general secretary Jenny Holdcroft. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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