The Labour Ministry has proposed that the minimum wage should be raised from Sk5,570 (€134) to Sk5,950 (€143) per month. The net wage would effectively rise again in January with the introduction of new tax laws.
Currently, just under 1,300 workers receive the minimum wage in Slovakia. After the raise, that figure is expected to be over 3,500.
Unions argue that the minimum wage should be Sk8,100 (€194) per month, to bring the level up to other European countries, but the Labour Ministry argues that such a rise would significantly increase unemployment.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports
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26. Jun 2003 at 10:17