World Bulletin / News Desk
The Palestinian Authority endorsed a national minimum wage for the first time Tuesday, but protesting workers said it was too low.
The cabinet in Ramallah endorsed a wage committee's recommendation at its weekly meeting, setting the minimum wage at 1,450 shekels ($375) per month, reported Ma'an news agency.
PA ministers "commended the committee’s strenuous efforts and its findings. The Cabinet also expressed its understanding of some views and reservations expressed by some of the participants in the discussions," it said in a statement.
Outside the cabinet building, a demonstration organized by unions accused the government of humiliating workers. Protesters shouted: "High prices and low wages is the government's policy."
Shaher Saad, head of the General Federation of Trade Unions, urged the government not to approve the proposed wage, which he said violated international norms.
In July, PCBS said the relative poverty line was 2,293 shekels and the deep poverty line was 1,832 shekels.
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