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Public servants protest against labour exploitation

Public servants demand wage raise as the GoM goes back on its deal

Public servants protest against labour exploitation
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Yesterday, public servants in the country’s health sector showed their protest by having their hair shaved off at the central square. This happened after the Head of Mongolian Health Workers' Trade Union Myagmar Byambasuren made a statement saying the Union will continue their sit-down strike and went into the next form of protest, following the unsuccessful tripartite negotiation with the Minister of Labour and Social Protection Chinzorig Sodnom, which was started on May 15. Their labour strike against labour exploitation continued for 4 days and demanded fair status and salary increase of no less than 50 percent for physicians and medical workers. The strike is also participated by public servants in education, culture and science sectors. They addressed to the Government of Mongolia and the President for stp-by-step salary increase. At present, average monthly salary and wage of public servants is currently around MNT 400-600 thousand. “These people sitting here putting their health at risk in the spring are here not because they have no work to do. They really are exhausted. But no one accepted our demand.” Ms. Myagmar Byambasuren highlighted. “On May 15, we, the labourers saw the tripartite negotiations as the last chance to raise our salary. But it failed. We will not enter into any talks now,” Ms. Myagmar Byambasuren expressed their protest. The rally of the physicians and medical workers, teachers, cultural workers, meteorologists and scientists started near the end of last month. The protest died down after the Government representatives had a talk with the International Monetary Fund and was told that the salary and wage will be increased in the second quarter of this year.“With this sit-in strike, we demand a realistic outcome from following negotiations. We will not stop our strike until our salaries are raised,” Ms. Myagmar Byambasuren strongly noted. “In Mongolia, there are a lot of labour exploitation. Life does not improve by having a job, but in contrary, fall into further debt and become poorer,” she criticized.


“We want our work to be evaluated,” Ms. Myagmar added. When the President Battulga Khaltmaa met with the strikers at the square on May 15, they requested to issue a presidential decree on stopping labour exploitation and proposed to set maximum and minimum wage indexes by amending the Law on Public Service. President expressed that he agrees with their demand for wage increase and is holding a policy to supply housing to physicians and teachers by providing interest-free loans as they have guaranteed salary, and raise salary of those who work far from Ulaanbaatar. On May 12, Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa received representatives of medical workers and heard their positions to resolve their urgent issues. Yesterday, MPs Byambatsogt Sandag and Batzandan Jalabsuren put a petition on increasing salaries of teachers, physicians and policemen to the Prime Minister. Answer to the petition will be presented in the nearest Parliament session.



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Charter flight evacuates 171 Mongolians from Russia

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The Moscow-Ulaanbaatar charter flight landed at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport on May 26. According to the State Emergency Commission (SEC), 171 people arrived in Mongolia on the flight and will be isolated for 21 days at the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD). The SEC has also decided to evacuate citizens through Altanbulag port on Tuesday and Wednesday. As of Monday, 11,275 people from 46 countries have applied to return to Mongolia. Specifically, about 2,000 citizens from the Republic of Korea, 1,270 from the United States, 906 from Australia, 560 from Kazakhstan, and 549 from India applied. The SEC had previously announced that it would operate a charter flight to India shortly. Moreover, four more patients have recovered from COVID-19 and were transferred into the next stage of isolation, bringing the total number of recoveries in Mongolia to 37, reported Director of the NCCD at a daily briefing of the Ministry of Health. The recovered patients received treatment for 42 to 43 days. Mongolia confirmed 141 cases of the COVID-19; of the 104 people being treated, 95 are in moderate condition and nine are in critical condition. On Monday, the NCCD reported that a COVID-19 had not been detected in 193 people tested at the NCCD and its affiliated laboratories.

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Constitutional court to conclude law on election on June 3

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The Constitutional Court of Mongolia will make a final decision on whether certain provisions of the Law on Parliamentary Elections violate the Constitution at its plenary session on June 3, 2020, according to the Constitutional Court’s Media and Public Relations Office. In line with the election law, Article 6.1 stipulates that a party registered with the Supreme Court prior to the announcement of an election eligible to participate in the parliamentary election and Article 28.3.1 of the same law provides that parties and coalitions must register with the Supreme Court before the deadline for expressing their participation in the election which means conflicting regulations are enshrined in this law. In this regard, the Constitutional court considered whether these provisions violated the Constitution and decided to suspend them in violation of the relevant provisions of the Constitution on April 22. Since the Parliament considered this conclusion unacceptable, the court is going to finalize the dispute in its plenary session. The Constitutional Court of Mongolia has also decided to postpone the May 27, 2020 mid-session at the request of the Cabinet’s proxy representative. The meeting was scheduled to negotiate whether some provisions of the law on procurement of goods, works and services with state and local funds offenses against the constitution.

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Fuel price lowers amid oil plunge

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  • AI-92 gasoline will be sold in Ulaanbaatar at MNT 1,320-1,400

The Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM) held a press conference on fuel price. Concerning the Brent crude oil plunge in the global market, prices of A-80 type petroleum decreased by MNT 50, AI-92 by MNT 80-100, AI-95 petroleum decreased by 200 MNT, and diesel fuel price reduced by MNT 160 as of May 25.Government Resolution No. 114 specifies that the price of all types of fuel to be reduced by MNT 300-400 due to the fall in oil prices in foreign markets and that it will remain stable further, according to the spokesperson.To implement the resolution, we are working to keep the price of AI-92 type of petroleum stable for eight months. During this period, AI-92 will be available in Gobi-Altai and Zavkhan provinces at a price not exceeding MNT 1,670 per liter. In other words, AI-92 gasoline will be sold in Ulaanbaatar at MNT 1,320-1,400. Retail prices for petroleum and diesel fuel have been falling since yesterday and will be fixed, the spokesperson said. Mongolia has 39 days of oil reserves for normal consumption, the Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority reported earlier this month. However, the domestic consumption of petroleum products is declining. Particularly, fuel importers state the reducing consumption of petroleum products due to export disruptions and difficulties in the mining sector. As of May 24, petroleum import has decreased by 20 percent and the import of diesel fuel by 32 percent, according to a preliminary report of the General Customs Administration.

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Mining expenditure may drop as companies cut costs

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  • Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi planned to sell 9.2 million tons of coal this year but reduced it by 30 percent to 6.2 million tons

The Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ), an investor of Oyu Tolgoi (OT) reported that the Oyu Tolgoi underground mine project which was planned to cost USD 1.3 billion in 2020, contracted its spending to USD 1.1 billion mainly due to COVID-19 outbreak. It has also deteriorated open-pit cost from USD 120 million to up to USD 80 million. Oyu Tolgoi project made over 94 percent of foreign direct investment of Mongolia in the first quarter of the year. Petromatad, which has discovered an oil field in the Tamsag basin, has cut its employees’ salaries, reducing the earnings of all directors and senior managers by an average of 50 percent and the salaries of professional consultants by up to 45 percent since the second quarter. In the future, it is possible to cut additional costs depending on market conditions. Additionally, Tsairt Mineral LLC, the main exporter of zinc, has postponed construction work at the open pit this year. As a result, the company said, the plant's supply could be disrupted. The company announced that preparations for an underground mine that will create about 200 jobs have been delayed. Coal companies have also cut their export plans this year. For example, Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi planned to sell 9.2 million tons of coal this year but reduced it by 30 percent to 6.2 million tons.