Trade unions unhappy with Vucic’s minimum wage proposal

Trade unions are dissatisfied with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s proposal for next year’s minimum monthly wage to be set at 40,000 dinars, and are not ruling out the possibility of a general protest, Beta news agency reported.

“Some 50 per cent of employees have salaries that are a little below or above the median salary, which is around 47,000 dinars. At this point the minimum monthly wage must not be under 50,000 dinars. I think that the threshold of tolerance has been exceeded and a general protest is not ruled out,” said Zoran Mihajlovic, the secretary of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS) Council.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday evening that, in association with the Social and Economic Council of Serbia, he would try to secure for next year a minimum monthly wage of 40,000 dinars, which is 340-350 euros. He said the minimum monthly wage will significantly increase, by 14-15 per cent compared to this year, but not dramatically so as not to threaten the survival of investors, especially German, Japanese and Chinese.

“People are hungry, the school year is soon to start, firewood needs to be purchased. A minimum wage of 40,000 dinars for 2023 is below our expectations,” said Mihajlovic, adding they have worked out that the minimum consumer basket costs 53,000 dinars.

(Danas, 14.07.2022)

https://www.danas.rs/vesti/ekonomija/sindikati-nezadovoljni-minimalcem-od-40-000-dinara-nije-iskljucen-generalni-strajk-u-srbiji/

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