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Minimum wage talks bog down

THE GOVERNMENT and employers' representatives have not yet been able to reach agreement with labour union representatives over the level of Slovakia's minimum wage.

The Labour Ministry originally suggested a 6.8 percent increase, which would lift the minimum wage from the current Sk5,570 (€134) per month to Sk5,950 (€143). After consultation with employers' representatives, the cabinet passed on July 16 a 9.1 percent increase, to Sk6,080 (€146) per month.

According to the daily Národná obroda, trade unions have rejected the latest offer and want the minimum wage to climb to at least Sk6,760 (€163) per month. The final decision rests with the Slovak government.

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