Arjuna Mahendran
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Why are workers in Asia protesting?

11 December 2012 Last updated at 02:46 GMT

Making enough money to survive is never easy. But in Asia, it's getting tougher for many people as living costs rise.

In recent weeks, workers across the region have been protesting, asking for more cash and better conditions.

In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific cabin crew voted to take industrial action after salary negotiations with the carrier broke down.

In Singapore, more than 100 Chinese bus drivers failed to turn up for work two weeks ago, staging the island's first strike since 1986.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, despite a jump in the minimum wage, workers have complained that some firms are trying to get around the new laws.

Arjuna Mahendran from HSBC Private Bank evaluates the pressures facing both staff and companies.