Mozambican minimum wage rises 14 percent

30 May 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 May – The government of Mozambique has set the new national minimum wage at 1645.21 meticals (US$63.6) for the industrial, commercial and services sectors, including public workers and at 1,126.18 meticals (US$43.6) for agricultural workers.

The new national minimum wages, decided at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, will be retroactively implemented from last April 1.

The Council’s decision, which is the result of a salary increase of around 14 percent for industry, commerce and services and 10 percent for agriculture.

Speaking to journalists, the deputy minister of Planning and Development, Víctor Bernardo, explained that the government’s position was set based on proposals presented by Unions and Employer Associations, partners in the Labor Consulting Commission (CCT), of 17 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

“We had to come to a compromise between the sides, so settled on a mid-way percentage (…). The government’s decision was made based on those figures,” said. (macauhub)