Members of the Socio-Economic Council of Serbia gave their support to the new Law on Salaries of Civil Servants in Autonomous Provinces and Local Governments and have agreed for the talks on the minimum wage in 2018 to start tomorrow.
The today’s Council session was attended by the members of the Serbian government, trade unions, the Employers Union and the Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
The key change in the area of civil servant salaries pertains to having the same wage for same work with the same employer which should lead to employees achieving better results and be adequately awarded for their work.
The new law should also result in the local governments (whether provincial or municipal) taking responsibility for their own economic sustainability and local economic development. The current legislation regarding the salaries of civil servants in local authorities is too vast and there is no single payroll base.
To remind, at the opening of a new factory by Magna Seating in Odzaci, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the minimum wage and civil servant salaries would go up by the year-end.
“Maybe that will happen in September or October, but the civil servant salaries will definitely go up by 10%. Also, we are going to increase the minimum wage, and we expect our private sector to grow too. Furthermore, labour-related taxes and contributions will be reduced by 1% or 2%. We can do all of this because we have achieved good financial results with the budget surplus of 23 billion dinars, instead of an 80-billion-loss”, Vucic added.
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