Latvia -Political debate on minimum wage continues -August 26, 2015

On 1 January 2015, the monthly minimum wage was raised from 320 to 360 euro. Since that time a heated debate is going on about the level of this wage. Recently, the welfare minister stated that the country's minimum wage should be kept at its current level of 360 euro per month. The ministry has prepared possible scenarios for 2016. A first option is keeping the minimum wage at 360 euro, the second a slight increase to 367 euro, and the third to 375 euro.  According to the minister last year’s increase was too steep. However, the prime minister of the ruling Unity party has expressed that the minimum wage should be raised to 380 euro per month in 2016. The party leader of Unity stated that the minimum wage should be increased by another 20 to 400 euro.

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