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Thousands march in Argentina for higher wages

Published on Mar 13, 2014 11:03 AM

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Thousands of workers marched in Argentina's capital Wednesday seeking to double the minimum wage to cope with sky-high inflation.

Prices have been rising steadily in recent months particularly since January, when the peso shed 18 per cent of its value against the US dollar.

Workers with the Argentine Workers Federation representing teachers and government workers marched on the landmark Plaza de Mayo square and the Casa Rosada government house.

Union chief Pablo Micheli said the workers were seeking a minimum wage of 9,000 pesos (S$1,447 per month) - more than twice the current minimum of 3,600 pesos a month.

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