Labor Ministry says it will look for salary increases in 2016


Labor Minister L.Bayarsaikhan hosted the weekly Hour with the Minister meeting yesterday to deliver a report on the latest decisions and developments within the labor sector.
Beginning the meeting, he stressed that the ministry is working to include salary increases for state servants in a 2016 budget amendment, and pointed out that the ministry hopes to increase the salaries of the state’s lowest paid workers first, who are most acutely affected by the current economic crisis, and to raise salaries not in equal percentages, but in equal monetary amounts.
He noted that 30,000 jobs have been created and approximately 50,000 people have been enrolled in programs being carried out by the Ministry to increase jobs and support employment.
“Parliament approved an amendment to the law on labor security and hygiene in order to improve the legal environment. Since the law went into force, employers have become accountable for accidents occurring in industrial zones and their surrounding areas,” L.Bayarsaikhan stated.
“The amount of compensation owed to families and workers who have suffered from disease and injuries caused by industrial accidents, and new changes have been made to the law to inevitably cover employees who are working in high-risk jobs through health and life insurance.
“Following the amendments, regulations to keep records of diseases caused by professions, and regulations to evaluate labor conditions at workplaces are being implemented,” he added.
“Parliament has begun a discussion of a renewed version of the Labor Law. If it is approved, the range of the labor law will be expanded, regulating new forms of labor relations, and it will allow employees working in remote regions to have 10-day vacation leave for every 20 days worked. The renewed version of the labor law also states that an employer should pay three years of social insurance fees for mothers who go on maternity leave, to issue varied salaries depending on the difficulty of a profession, and it will allow students to work for up to four hours a week for a cash wage.”

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