The tripartite, made up of the government, employees and unionists, have not reached a compromise on the minimum wage so far, the SITA newswire reported.
While the Labour Ministry proposes an increase of the minimum wage to €580 from this year's €520, employers have suggested a minimum wage of €552,20. Trade unionists, on the other hand, want the minimum wage to increase to €607,80.
“I will submit to the government a proposal with an increase of the minimum wage to €580,” said Labour Minister Ján Richter, as quoted by SITA. He added that the government may approve an even higher minimum wage for 2020.
The lowest wages in the Visegrad countries have been raised even more drastically, Richter added.
Employers: It is a gamble
Conversely, the Federation of Employers' Associations of the Slovak Republic (AZZZ SR) said the minister's proposal is a gamble.
“It has been said Europe may experience a recession,” AZZZ SR Vice-president Roman Karlubík told SITA. He stressed that “under no circumstances” should the minimum wage go up radically.
20. Aug 2019 at 13:48 | Compiled by Spectator staff