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Tripartite fails to agree on 2014 minimum wage

THE TRIPARTITE partners were unable to agree on a new minimum wage for 2014 at their September 23 meeting.

THE TRIPARTITE partners were unable to agree on a new minimum wage for 2014 at their September 23 meeting.

The Labour Ministry proposed setting the minimum wage at €352 per month, a figure that amounts of €14.30 or 4.2 percent, but all social partners, including the Employers Union Association (AZZZ), the Republic Union of Employers (RÚZ), the Labour Union Confederation (KOZ) as well as the Association of Towns and Villages (ZMOS), rejected the proposal, Labour Minister Ján Richter told the TASR newswire.

“Employers find the minimum wage level too high, whereas the representatives of employees too low,” said Richter, as quoted by TASR.

"We don't think that the administrative boost of the minimum wage, particularly at a time of great economic uncertainty, is the way to go," said RÚZ president Marián Jusko.

The AZZZ believes the proposal to increase minimum wage is purely politically motivated and senseless in terms of macroeconomic development.

“To worsen the situation for employees is undesirable,” AZZZ head Rastislav Machunka told TASR. “It's better to work for lower salary and stay competitive, than be jobless and dependent on welfare."

On the other hand, KOZ vice-president Slavomír Manga called on the social partners not to be afraid of the minimum wage.

“We need a decent minimum wage to start up our domestic market,” TASR quoted Manga as saying.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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