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Mexico senate leader slams meager rise in minimum wage

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The president of Mexico's Senate slammed what he described as a meager rise in the minimum wage for 2015, saying the 4.2 percent increase to 71.10 pesos ($4.85) a day is insufficient to meet workers' needs.

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The senator of the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution, PRD, Miguel Barbosa, stressed the need to urgently review wage policy and analyze the measures needed to create better jobs with higher salaries, the Senate said in a statement

. He said the executive branch has not understood the vital importance of raising salaries and reversing a three-decade decline in real wages.

The National Minimum Wage Commission, or CNSM, on Friday announced an increase that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and is equivalent to just 2.81 pesos (some $0.19) per day.

The Senate leader rejected the CNSM's argument that a greater increase was not achieved because the legislature failed to detach the minimum wage from the payment of fines, penalties and fees.

"This is an attempt to place the blame on the Senate, when the responsibility lies with the government, and above all with (the lack of) an effective economic recovery strategy," Barbosa said.

"What we're seeing is a lack of will and determination to improve workers' living conditions," the Senate leader said.

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