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New Caledonia unions win pay rise for lowest earners

Unions in New Caledonia have secured a 4.2 percent increase of the lowest salaries from January 1, 2023.

The concession by the employers' organisation MEDEF was announced as a large crowd rallied for a general strike outside its offices in Noumea.

According to the police, 1500 people had gathered to press their demands while the unions said they mobilised 5000 members.

The unions had sought an across-the-board pay increase of six percent in the private sector to offset the impact of inflation, which in November was 4.4 percent.

The wage hike applies for those between the monthly $US1440 minimum pay and those earning up to $US1775.

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