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CLSTL disagrees with Gov’t set up minimum wages of $115 to $135

CLSTL disagrees with Gov’t set up minimum wages of $115 to $135

President of CSLTL, Almério Villa Nova (Photo Tatoli/Jegorjio Guterres)

DILI, 24 november 2022 (TATOLI)- The Confederation of Timor-Leste Labor Syndicate (CLSTL) disagrees with the government’s policy of increasing the minimum wage from $.1.15 to $.1.30.

CLSTL President, Almério Villa Nova said the Timorese government should set up an employment policy to increase the minimum wage of workers within two years.

“Recently the government’s Council of Ministers has decided to increase the minimum wage from $.1.15 to $.1.35, which does not respond to the market price. Minimum wages must be balanced with the price of necessities, which is heavily influenced by inflation every year. CLSTL has strongly requested the government to set a minimum wage to respond to the workers’ needs,” CLSTL President, Almério Villa Nova told TATOLI at his office in Bemori, Friday.

According to Almerio, the government should conduct research to identify the right balance between the minimum salary and the market price.

Timor-Leste has adopted a minimum wage of $0.85.00 per worker. This figure was decided in 2001 by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).

While in 2012 the Government of Timor- Leste decided to increase the amount to USD 1.15 until now, this amount is not enough to meet the needs of workers.

“CLSTLrequests the government to update the salaries at least every two years that must be addressed with inflation and respond to market prices,” he added

In the same place, Almério Villa Nova said, in 2014 CLSTL had recommended to the government to increase the minimum wage from $.1.15 to $.200, but this recommendation was not approved by the government.

He said CLSTL would discuss with all entities including companies to decide the portion of the number of workers and also the percentage owned by the company to ensure sustainability.

 

 

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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