Estonia - Minimum wage up to 500 euro - October 31, 2017

The Employers' Confederation and the Confederation of Trade Unions EAKL concluded a wage agreement, according to which the minimum wage will increase from the beginning of 2018 to 500 euro and the minimum hourly wage will be 2.97 euro. A union spokesperson said that the negotiations on agreeing on the minimum wage figures were more difficult than usual, as the prerequisite for an increase in minimum wage was to reach a joint understanding on the long-term methodology on how minimum wage should increase in the future. The deal is essentially a generally binding collective agreement at the highest level, which means that it is mandatory for all employers. From 2018 on, it is not allowed to pay a lower monthly salary to a full-time employee than 500 euro.

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