Georgian lawmakers have dismissed a proposal to redefine the country’s ₾20 ($6.40) monthly minimum wage, which was set over 20 years by then–President Eduard Shevardnadze.

On 8 September, parliament’s Economy and Economic Policy Committee rejected an initiative by MP Beka Natsvlishvili which proposed setting the minimum wage at 45% of the average monthly salary.

According to the Georgian National Statistics Office, Geostat, the average wage in Georgia is currently ₾520 ($168).

The bill was co-authored by Natsvlishvili, who recently formed the Our Georgia — Alliance of Solidarity party, and the Solidarity Network, a local labour rights organisation.