THE MINISTRY of Social Affairs and Family will submit its proposal to the government to increase minimum wage from Sk6,080 (€150) to Sk6,500 (€161), an increase of 6.9 percent, effective October 1. The Council of Economic and Social Agreement however, have not agreed to that amount, the Hospodárske noviny daily wrote.
The year-on-year inflation of last year reached 8.5 percent, but Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš thinks that the proposed increase is sufficient. He believes that a higher minimum wage could become a barrier for the further employment of low-skilled workers. The Association of Employers also agreed with the proposed level of minimal wage.
However, the unions suggested Sk7,190 (€178), although it would be willing to compromise between Sk6,750 - 6,800 (€167 - €168). The above mentioned level of Sk6,500 (€161) is about 45 percent of the average wage in Slovakia, and the unions want to make it closer to the 50 percent level.
Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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23. Aug 2004 at 11:04