CMTU calls for action on pay raises for state worker

The Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU) has given a press conference calling for immediate increases to the salaries of state workers. The President of the CMTU, Kh.Amgalanbaatar, noted, “The Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions and the Government of Mongolia reached an agreement to increase salaries on January 15, 2015. But this hasn’t been implemented." The issue was discussed at Monday's Cabinet meeting, but a decision on resolving the issue was not reached. Over the last few years, the government has pointed to state budget shortfalls making it impossible to increases salaries, but the CMTU reports that when the agreement with the government was concluded, 90 billion MNT from the state budget was reserved for salary increases. The agreement also outlined that the salaries of service units of the state would be increased starting on May 1, 2015. The government has said that the salary increase will be effective on July 1, 2015, but the CMTU is demanding more immediate action.