Venezuela's Maduro vows 40% pay hike after strike call

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Caracas (AFP)

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday promised workers a 40 percent rise in the minimum wage, after opponents seeking to drive him from power called for a general strike.

"I decree and will sign a 40 percent overall rise in workers' legal minimum wage," he said in a public speech, a day after the opposition staged mass street demonstrations against him.