Djordjevic:”Average salary in Serbia in 2025 has to be 900 euro”

By 2025, the average salary and pension in Serbia should be at least 900 and 440 euro respectively, says Minister of Labour, Zoran Djordjevic.

A meeting of the state representatives, trade unions and workers is scheduled for tomorrow, and the topic of the discussion will be an increase in the minimum wage.

Djordjevic told Tanjug news agency that the state was working in the direction of devising measures to help workers keep their job, on the one hand, while on the other hand, to create good working conditions.

“The decisions we will make will support that direction because we must not lag behind. The plan has remained the same – by 2025, the average salary in Serbia should be at least 900 euro,” said Djordjevic.

He states that there is good cooperation with trade unions and employers and that they have an understanding of the situation that the state finds itself in.

“We would like it to be more than that, but that is the minimum that we all have to work towards,” Djordjevic said.

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Negotiations on the minimum wage for 2021, which by law should be completed by September 15, will begin tomorrow, the Union of Employers of Serbia told Tanjug earlier.

Honorary president of the Serbian Union of Employers, Nebojsa Atanackovic, says that it would be best to temporarily “freeze” the minimum wage since a new government has not yet been formed, or to postpone the decision on increasing the minimum wage until the end of the year, in order to see how much economy will grow this year.

Atanackovic added that the Social and Economic Council would meet on Friday, also to discuss the minimum wage for next year. The Council consists of representatives of the employers’ union, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions, UGS Nezavisnost trade union and the Ministry of Labour.

(B92, 20.08.2020)


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