The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, stated that the minimum wage in Serbia, from 2022 onwards, will be 35,012 dinars (298 euros), which she said is a 9.4% increase from 2021, when it amounted to 32,000 dinars (272 euros).
After the meeting of the Economic and Social Council, in which no agreement was reached with the trade unions demanding a bigger increase, Brnabić said that the minimum wage in 2022 will cover 89% of the minimum consumer basket, which amounts to 39,000 dinars (about 332 euros).
The PM added she understands why trade unions are dissatisfied with this, “because there shouldn’t be even a need to talk about minimum consumer basket and how much the minimum wage can cover of it”. According to her, if the increase continues, at the end of 2023, the government will probably decide to equalize minimum wage with the value of the minimum consumer basket as of 1 January, 2024.
The president of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS), Ljubisav Orbović, said that the trade union cannot accept this proposal: “Until minimum wage equals minimum consumer basket, we will not agree,” Orbović underlined.
The president of the Nezavisnost Trade Unions Association, Zoran Stojiljković, also said that they want the government to honour what had been agreed three years ago, i.e. that the minimum wage should cover the minimum consumer basket, and added that the government has no valid reason not to increase the minimum wage to 39,000 dinars now (the value of the basic consumer basket).
(Radio Free Europe, 02.09.2021)
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