France - Minimum wage increases slightly - January 01, 2017

The government has announced that the level of the statutory minimum wage (the so-called SMIC) will be ‘technically’ heightened with 0.93%, up to a monthly gross pay of 1,480.27 euro (or a net pay of 1,153 euro). The government herewith follows the advice of a group of economists. Several trade unions have asked in the recent past for a more substantial increase. They argue that, since 2012, the SMIC has only increased with 68 euro, whilst the payment of dividends went through a real enormous rise.   

English: http://www.thelocal.fr/20161219/france-raises-minimum-wage-by-just-nine-centimes …  

Analysis (in French): http://www.liberation.fr/france/2016/12/19/une-onzieme-annee …     

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