Latvia -Increase of minimum wage -July 02, 2013

Starting from 1 January 2014, the minimum wage will be LVL 225 (or €320) a month; it currently stands at LVL 200. The ministry of Welfare had prepared three suggestions: raising the minimum wage to LVL 210, to LVL 220 or to LVL 225: The government approved the highest increase and presented this as a proof that it is addressing social issues seriously. However, the increase will have a limited impact as the wage still remains low. Besides, several methods are used to pay less than the minimal wage, for example, mark the workers as half-time hires, even though they work full-time. 

English: http://www.bbn.ee/Default.aspx?Publication …

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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