Minimum wage to rise to €380 per month, Labour Ministry says

THE LABOUR Ministry is proposing a rise in the minimum wage from €352 to €380 per month as of next year.

THE LABOUR Ministry is proposing a rise in the minimum wage from €352 to €380 per month as of next year.

"A rise in the minimum wage by €28 per month equates to annual growth of approximately 7.95 percent," said the ministry as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding added that it proposed the rise after assessing the economic and social situation in Slovakia in 2013 and after taking account of expected economic developments this year.

The ministry came up with the proposal after failing to strike accord on the rise with employers, trade unions and representatives of towns and villages by July 15. While the Republican Union of Employers (RÚZ) wanted to preserve the existing wage level until the jobless rate dropped below the EU average, the trade unions advocated a rise to €400 in order for the net salary to reach at least the poverty threshold of €346.33 per month. The Towns and Villages Association (ZMOS) were willing to agree to a rise in the minimum wage of no more than 5 percent, to €369.90.

The ministry's proposal will be discussed with 'social partners' on August 18, with the Government to have the final say on the issue.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information
presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Hand drawn art in GMB Photo

THERE are some obvious similarities between the life stories, and also main motif of works by two painters now exhibited in the Bratislava City Gallery (GMB), Lajos Szalay and Koloman Sokol. 

Koloman Sokol: Men from Tacuba

Eva Nová conquers Canada, Slovakia

THE FILM which won an award at the Toronto International Film Festival last autumn, Eva Nová, now comes to Slovak cinemas – and with English subtitles so that even non-Slovak speakers can enjoy it.

Movie: Eva Nová

ETP: State could learn from our work with Roma

WHILE some mayors struggle to improve life in segregated Roma settlements, the non-profit organization ETP Slovakia has helped hundreds of marginalized people construct their own houses. 

Slávka Mačáková, the director of ETP Slovakia

Health care and education harm Smer

THE RULING Smer may not continue in its one-party government after the March 5 general election, recent polls indicate.

Protests by teachers and nurses have hurt support for Smer.