The Socio-Economic Council of the Serbian Government had a meeting yesterday at which they discussed the minimum hourly wage – says the President of the Employers’ Union, Nebojsa Atanackovic, and adds that the employers were in favour of the higher minimum wage, and are asking for business levies to be reduced.
Atanackovic points out that the relevant law stipulates that each year (by 15th September), the government determines the minimum hourly wage which, for this year, stands at 130 dinars or 22,620 dinars a month. The new minimum wage should be applicable as of 1st January, 2018.
The meeting was also attended by the trade union representatives and the Ministry of Finance. Atanackovic says that the next meeting should be held on Monday when more talks will be held about the minimum wage. “We think that we should raise not only the minimum wage, but also average salaries too without the detriment to the business sector”, Atanackovic explains and adds that the Employer’s Union wants the non-taxable part of the salary also to be increased.
Last year, the minimum hourly wage in Serbia was 121 dinars.
A few weeks ago, the Employers Union published the results of a survey they conducted in 100 companies in July showed that 2/3 of the surveyed employers were against raising the minimum hourly wage.
68% of the surveyed companies think that the conditions are still not right for the minimum salary to be increased while 32% companies say that it should be increased. Almost 50% of those surveyed think that it should be up to 140 dinars per hour. At the moment, it stands at 130 dinars.
Atanackovic adds that increasing the minimum wage is an issue that that the state, the IMF and the World Bank should be dealing with.
The Employers Union says that, for instance, the average salary in Bulgaria is around 413 euros, while the minimum wage is only 8% lower. In Luxembourg, the average salary is in the region of 3,000 euros, while the minimum one is around 2,000 euros.
(Vecernje Novosti, 23.08.2017)
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