Czech Republic -New minimum wage comes into force -September 17, 2013

In August, the minimum wage raised from CZK 8,000 (€310) to CZK 8,500 (€330). The minimum wage has been a hotly debate issue since trade unions started calling for an increase, that the then right wing government vehemently opposed. The new caretaker government that came into power just before the summer said maintaining purchasing power of the lowest paid workers was a priority and increased the minimum wage as one of its first actions in office. Roughly 3% of Czech workers earn the minimum wage and will see their wages increase due to the change. The minimum wage was raised in 2007 for the last time.



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