Members of the so-called tripartite group, a three-sided social dialogue involving employers, trade unions and the state, failed on Monday, August 2, to agree on a proposed 3-percent rise in the minimum wage, from €307.70 to €317.00 per month as of 2011, Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jozef Mihál told the TASR newswire. The initiative, which was discussed at the first tripartite session under Mihál's remit, was drafted by the ministry.
"No agreement has been reached. If the social partners don't come to an agreement by October, then the rise in the minimum wage will be decided on by the government at one of its sessions due in October," said Mihál. If no agreement is reached by October, the ministry said it would advance the same proposal as was discussed by the tripartite group on Monday.
According to employers, the proposed rise would harm Slovak industry. They also claim that, given the repercussions of the economic crisis, the minimum wage should be left as it is. This, however, is something that trade unions oppose. The session was also attended by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová. "We'll decide in a manner that will ensure people won't lose their jobs," she said in reference to past cases in which a rise in the minimum wage allegedly led to the closure of entire textile-industry factories. The proposed 3-percent rise is based on last year's increase in the average salary.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Aug 2010 at 10:00