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Trade union members demand wage increases

By M.ZOLJARGAL

Members of the Confederation of Trade Unions in the health, education, culture and art sectors held a press conference on October 18. They said, “The economic growth of Mongolia is not supporting the livelihood of all citizens in our country. While the price of consumer goods rises day by day, the 2014 State Budget allocated only 200 billion MNT for wages, pensions and allowances.”

Unless the government quickly increases wages, the members pledged to prepare for the next stage of their demands.

J.Batzorig, chief of the Trade Union of Education and Science, said, “Before, the inflation rate of previous years was considered when increasing wages. But next year, the wage will be increased with little consideration of inflation rates in 2014, which is quite wrong. Compared to other workers, staff in the health and education sector have twice the work that others have.

“For instance, many classrooms regularly have 60 students instead of 30, which is the standard, and hospitals are providing medical treatment for more patients than they are capable of handling. If the government can’t solve these problems, they must increase wages. While the average education workers monthly salary is 5,000 USD in developed countries, it is barely 300 USD in Mongolia.”

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