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To: In support of Timorese workers & their union

It's time for a pay rise in Timor-Leste

The Timor-Leste Trade Union Confederation (KSTL) is calling for unionist abroad to show solidarity with its campaign for a minimum wage increase. The minimum wage in Timor-Leste, which is stuck in a 10-year long freeze, needs to rise immediately in order to ensure valued decent remuneration, strengthen social cohesion, and combat poverty in the country.

Why is this important?

Since 2012, Timor-Leste's minimum wage has remained stagnant at USD$115 a month, despite soaring inflation and overwhelming evidence advocating for an increase to prevent further impoverishment.

The Timorese National Labour Council, with representatives from the Government, employers, and unions, reached an agreement to raise the minimum wage to USD$150 per month.

Regrettably, the increase proposal was rejected by the Government. This sets a precedent that will undermine tripartism in the future, especially as it relates to fixing national minimum wages in Timor Leste.

A persistently low minimum wage not only perpetuates continued poverty for low-income workers but also intensifies existing social inequality through a cycle of cheap labour.

We, Australian unionists, stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the KSTL, urging the Council of Ministers of Timor-Leste to approve the Proposal for a Decree-Law on the National Minimum Wage, proposing an increase to USD$150 per month. This proposal has widespread support from workers and their families and can alleviate the cost of living.

How it will be delivered

This solidarity petition will be delivered to the KSTL for them to share with their members and use in their campaign to demonstrate Australian workers' support for their struggle. Touch one, touch all.



2024-06-06 15:13:46 +1000

100 signatures reached

2024-05-27 11:13:09 +1000

50 signatures reached

2024-05-23 10:37:17 +1000

25 signatures reached

2024-05-16 14:23:21 +1000

10 signatures reached