Estonia -Employers propose to raise minimum wage -May 27, 2015

Proposal of increasing monthly minimum wage from 390 euros to 448 euro by 2017 met with a higher demand.

The employers’ confederation has met with the country’s trade union confederation and proposed an increase to the monthly minimum wage from 390 euros to 448 euro by 2017. The president of the employers’ confederation explained the proposal by stating the current minimum wage is too close to the poverty line. Trade unions however announced that their proposal to the employers was to raise the national minimum wage to 488 euro a month in 2016 and to 609 euro in 2017. In the first quarter of 2015, the average monthly gross wage was 1,010 euro, according to Statistics Estonia.

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