Slovenia - Unions want 5% increase of minimum wage - January 31, 2017

After a session of the Economic and Social Council (ESS) a 1.8% rise in the minimum wage to 805 euro gross or 614 euro net was announced by the labour ministry. Seven associations of trade unions that are a part of the Economic and Social Council, the main industrial relations forum, had called for raising the minimum wage. Given the economic recovery, unions demanded that the minimum wage should go up by 5% to 630 euro net in 2017. Earlier on opposition parties in parliament asked an improvement during 2017 in two steps, leading to a minimum wage of 700 euro in September 2017. Trade unions argue that the planned increase is not enough to keep minimum wage recipients above the poverty line.


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