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Swazi gov’t approves 18% salary hike for textile workers

Textile and apparel workers in Swaziland will be smiling all the way to the bank following the approval of an 18-percent salary increase by the government, APA learnt here on Wednesday.A government notice released on Wednesday said the minimum wage per week was now pegged at between US$18.7 and US$40.1, depending on the category of the textile worker.

Swaziland’s textile companies were hard hit by the loss of the lucrative duty-free market under African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of the United States government.

However in 2016 they found another preferential market that is ready for textile products through the Preferential Trade Agreement between MERCOSUR and the Southern African Customs Union that entered into force last year.

MERCOSUR is an economic and political bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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