Mining sector workers in Mozambique expected to see greatest rise in minimum wage

11 April 2013

The minimum wage for the mining sector in Mozambique is expected to see the biggest rise, of 31.91 percent, and workers will receive at least 4,651 meticals (US$153), Mozambican daily newspaper Correio da Manhã said.

The secretary-general of the Consultative Labour Commission (CCT), Omar Jalilo, would not confirm or deny the figure given by the newspaper, saying that the proposals had yet to be analysed and deliberated at a plenary session on 15 April.

“I can’t say because these are proposals we are looking at and that will be analysed at a plenary meeting on 15th, and then later submitted for appreciation and likely approval by the council of Minister next Tuesday, 16 April,” said Jalilo.

However, the newspaper said that 3,888 meticals (US$128) was the minimum that should be paid in the sector, particularly in the sand and rock quarrying sector.

The financial sector tops the list of highest salaries in Mozambique (a minimum of 6,817 meticals), after an agreed 10.47 percent rise due to be announced in the next few days.

Once they are officially announced – probably at the beginning of next week, right after the Council of Ministers meeting on 16 April – the new salaries will be put in place and be retroactively applied from 1 April 2013. (macauhub)

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