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Mongolians threaten to go on strike over pay
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2010-04-22 08:25

About 10,000 education and health workers demonstrated Wednesday to demand that the government increase their pensions and minimum rate of pay.

"We will fight resolutely and we will win. If government does not fulfill our demand by April 23, we will go on strike," B.Ganbaatar, head of the Mongolian Labor Union (MLU), said at the demonstration.

The government, the MLU and the Mongolian Employers Union (MEU) held trilateral talks on Thursday but no results have yet been achieved.

The government and the MEU suggested increasing salaries by 20 percent this year. The MLU, however, wants salaries raised by 110 percent for this year and next.

"The salary of civil servants is about 1.9 to 3.3 million MNT (1,300 to 2,300 U.S. dollars) a year now. The government has not increased the salary since 2008 but the prices of consumer goods have increased several times, which has worsened the life quality of the civilians. We have expressed our request regularly to the government, unfortunately our request was not treated seriously and resolved," the MLU said.

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