Nike workers claim military paid to intimidate them

Date: January 15, 2013
Source: ABC News
Source: Georges Roberts

Workers at a Nike shoe factory in Indonesia say the factory paid military personnel to intimidate them into working for less than the minimum wage.

Public sector shock in Europe: Un-precedent employment and wage cuts

Date: March, 2013
Source: Edward Elgar in cooperation with ILO
Authors: European high-level experts under the coordination of D. Vaughan-Whitehead

Fuelled by the economic crisis, budget deficits have plunged the public sector in Europe into an unprecedented wave of ‘adjustments’, leading to significant cuts in expenditure, jobs and wages. A group of high-level European experts have studied this ‘Public Sector Shock’ and identified a number of adverse effects such as increasing inequality, working poor in the public sector as a new phenomenon, decreasing human capital and lowered quality of public services in sectors such as health, education and public administration.

Minimum wages in Europe under pressure

Date: November 9, 2012
Source: Social Europe, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Brussels.
Author: Ronald Janssen

Although the European Commission has repeatedly and recently advocated minimum wage policy to be developed at EU level (see link below), the implementation of austerity packages in a number of EU Member States has often been accompanied by a freeze in the minimum wage. Most serious attack on the minimum wage has so far been reported in Greece where the decision not to freeze but to cut the minimum wage by 22 per cent was decided by the government under the conditions imposed by the Troika composed of the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.

Recent wage increases in Vietnam

Date: December 10, 2012
Source: Tuoitrenews

Wages in Vietnam have raised at a rate higher than world average, with an average nominal wage increase of 26.8 percent per year in the period 2006-2010. Even when taking into account inflation, which remained high, the real wage (reflecting adjustment for changes in consumer prices) increased by 12.6 percent on a yearly basis.

Wage controls to narrow income gap

Date: November 1, 2012
Source: Global Times
Author: Guo Kai

A move to impose wage controls on highly paid executives of State-owned enterprises (SOE) in the hope of narrowing the country's income gap are being reconsidered after a draft regulation first discussed the issue four years ago.

Over half of China's provincial areas raise minimum monthly pay

Date: October 25, 2012
Source: Xinhua News
Author: Deng Shasha

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Eighteen of the mainland's 31 provincial-level regions raised the minimum monthly wage by an average of 19.4 percent year-on-year by September.

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