Slovakia -Minimum wage negotiations do not lead to deal -October 16, 2013

Social partners, who have been negotiating the level of the 2014 minimum wage since the beginning of the year, seem unlikely to reach an agreement. Having missed the statutory deadline of 15 July, the members of the tripartite Economic and Social Council (HSR) submitted their individual proposals in August. The National Union of Employers (RUZ SR) does not want any increase, leaving the minimum wage at €337.70 per month. The Confederation of Trade Unions KOZ proposes to raise it to €364.70. Given the fact that the tripartite body did not agree on the final numbers the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family has put forward a 4.2% raise to €352. The ministry argues that it based the 4.2% increase on the fact that the 2012 consumer price growth index reached 103.6%, and was repeatedly higher than the year-on-year increase of average wages (102.4%), which means that in 2012 real wages dropped by 1.2%.

English: http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/51548/10/minimum_wage_to_go_up ...  

 

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