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New minimum wage rules come into effect

From next year, the minimum wage in Slovakia will be set according to new rules. This stems from a new law on minimum wage that is to come into effect on February 1, 2008.

From next year, the minimum wage in Slovakia will be set according to new rules. This stems from a new law on minimum wage that is to come into effect on February 1, 2008.

According to the new law, employers will have to negotiate with union representatives, with those negotiations starting by April 1 at the latest. If they fail to reach an agreement, the minimum wage will be increased by the growth rate of the average monthly nominal wage in Slovakia every year as of January 1.

According to the law, the expected development of consumer prices, employment, average monthly wage, as well as subsistence level growth, must be taken into consideration in negotiations on minimum wage growth. This will occur for the first time as of January 1, 2009. The current minimum wage, which was increased to Sk8,100 last October, will thus stay valid until the end of this year.

In the past, the minimum wage was increased at the end of July each year. If no agreement on its increase was reached, the Cabinet set the new level, without restriction. The last change was in October, when the minimum wage rose from Sk7,600 to Sk8,100. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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