Talks on minimum wage get underway, deadline September 15

A working group of partners in Serbia's Social and Economic Council met on Monday to kick off talks about the minimum hourly and monthly wages for 2020.

19 Avgust 2019 18:36

BELGRADE - A working group of partners in Serbia's Social and Economic Council met on Monday to kick off talks about the minimum hourly and monthly wages for 2020.

The deadline for an agreement is September 15 - if no deal is made, a decision on the minimum labour cost will be made by the Serbian government.

Over the past years, the minimum monthly wage has risen to over 27,000 dinars - which is equivalent to 155 dinars per hour - but top government officials have announced efforts to increase the amount to 30,000 dinars.

Around 350,000 workers in Serbia are on the minimum monthly wage and an increase is to be discussed by officials of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labour, the Association of Employers and representative union associations.

The unions have said the minimum wage must be increased to well over 30,000 dinars in 2020 to enable it to reach the cost of the minimum consumer basket - which is now over 36,000 dinars - in 2021.

Association of Employers Manager Srdjan Drobnjakovic has reiterated that an increase to over 30,000 dinars would call for the government to reduce the employers' expenditures concerning taxes and social security contributions.

Speaking to Tanjug after the meeting, a union representative said no side had proposed the amount of the new minimum wage and that the talks would be continued on Thursday.

(1 euro = 117.7 dinars)


Photo: Tanjug video


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