Unions meeting on Friday arrived at an estimated cost-of-living salary for garment workers ahead of minimum wage talks, one remarkably similar to the monthly wage they’ve demanded two years running, though suggested the final number they push for will be higher.
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said union leaders found workers spent an average of $124 and sent $47 home to their families each month. With an inflation rate of 3 per cent, the average worker’s expenses came to $176.
Independent unions pushed for a minimum wage of $177 in both 2014 and last year. The current wage stands at $140, with an added compulsory benefit of $17 per month, bringing it to $157.
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