Maldives opposition vows equal pay, minimum wage

An opposition government would push through a wage law that would end wage discrimination and set minimum wage in the Maldives, opposition alliance presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said Tuesday.

Speaking during a Q&A session held with the public, the veteran lawmaker noted the high unemployment rate in the country and vowed to train young people to boost jobs in the tourism industry by 30,000.

Solih also said an opposition government would mandate resorts to pay service charge to employees.

On wage discrimination, Solih said the opposition government would find a legal solution while the relevant authorities would deliberate on setting a minimum wage within the first 100 days of his government.

Another significant electoral pledge made by Solih was to introduce labour unions to the country which he said was vital to protect workers' rights.