N.Korea Refuses to Hear Protests Over Wage Hike

      March 19, 2015 10:53

      North Korea refused to listen to owners of South Korean firms at the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex who wanted to protest against a unilateral wage hike by the regime.

      The hike is in effect a tax since the workers themselves see little or none of the money, and many firms have resorted to paying them in kind.

      The North has demanded a raise of some US$3.65 for the 73,000 workers at the industrial park.

      Fourteen heads of businesses based in the joint industrial park met for around two hours on Wednesday with Pak Chol-su, the deputy head of the North Korean bureau in charge of running the complex.

      A Unification Ministry official said the group tried to hand over a letter of protest, but the North refused to accept it.

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