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FYR Macedonia sets minimum wage

Source: Balkans Business News
Date: 4 October 2011
Link: www.balkans.com
Author: unknown

Social partners agreed minimum net wage

Three social partners – the government, employers and trade unions agreed Saturday minimum net wage to be Denar 8.050 or gross wage Denar 12.265 in the FY Republic of Macedonia. Defined level of minimum wage refers to basic wage with full time work i.e. the amount does not include wage supplements. If the employee does not accomplish expected results the minimum wage will be ade-quately decreased. - For the first time in the history of independent, FYR Macedonia after 20 years of negotiations of different teams – political, economic and trade unions, the agreement for defining minimum wage was reached.

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New minimum wage level in Zambia

Zambia: Govt to explain new minimum wage

Source: allAfrica.com
Date: 8 August 2012
Link: www.allafrica.com
Author: unknown

In July 2012 the government revised the minimum wage level for different categories of employees, such as domestic workers, shopkeepers and general workers. Some criticisms however were raised because such minimum wage increase took place without an extensive process of tripartite consultations.

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New minimum wage introduced in Malaysia

Malaysia introduces minimum wage for the first time

Source: BBC News
Date: 1 May 2012
Link: www.bbc.co.uk
Author: unknown

Malaysia introduces a minimum wage for the first time to cover all workers employed in the private sector. This decision follows a process of tripartite negotiations between the government, employers’ and trade unions’ representatives, and of technical advice from the International Labour Office. This responds to the objective ‘to support low income workers and households and to progressively transform the country into a high-income nation by 2020’ as stated on that occasion by government’s officials.

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Increasing disparity despite income increases in rural China

Wealth gap in rural China nears warning level

Source: China Daily
Date: 22 August 2012
Link: www.chinadaily.com.cn
Author: unknown

While the incomes of Households in rural China have increased on average over the past three years, this has also been accompanied by a widening wealth gap among rural households. The total income of the top 20 per cent of the rural households was estimated to be more than 10 times that of the bottom 20 per cent. The wealth gap in west China is also found to be bigger than in the eastern part of the country. As a result the Gini coefficient in rural China stood at 0.3949 last year, approaching the warning level of 0.4 set by the United Nations.

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Minimum wage adjustments in China

Shenzhen has the highest minimum wage

Source: China Daily
Date: 10 August 2012
Link: www.chinadaily.com.cn
Author: Wei Tian

18 local governments have recently increased their minimum wage level that they are required to increase at least once every two years. The highest minimum wage is paid in Shenzhen (1,500 Yuan or USD 236), Shanghai (1,450 Yuan), and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region (1,340) while the lowest are found in the Jiangxi province.

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Wage pressure on local governments

Guangzhou workers increase pressure on government over wages

Source: China Labor Bulletin
Date: 19 June 2012
Link: www.clb.org.hk
Author: unknown

The strikes have been multiplying in Guanzhou factories with two strikes in four days and thousands of Guangzhou factory workers demanding higher wages (as it happened at the Citizen factory in Guanzhou where 3,000 employees went on strike). The workers demand the Guanzhou government to increase its statutory minimum, as it was done earlier in the year in Shenzhen (where the minimum wage was raised to 1,500 yuan per month).

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