The Labour Ministry and the Confederation of Trade Unions agreed that tariff wages in the public sector will rise by 7 percent as of August 1, 2004. The unions had originally demanded a rise of 8.2 percent, while the cabinet proposed a 5-percent increase.
The 7-percent rise will require Sk300 million (€7.1 million) more from the state purse than had previously been projected.
However, the 7-percent compromise was not enough to make the parties sign a collective agreement draft, which tops the union's demands for their planned country-wide strike on September 26.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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3. Sep 2003 at 18:06