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NO AGREEMENT ABOUT THE MINIMUM WAGE

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At the session of the Social-Economic Council (SEC) the representatives of Serbian Government, trade unions and employers didn’t reach a consensus on the minimum wage increase for 2022. Instead, all parties stuck to their position.
At the session marking the end of negotiations, Government representatives, headed by the Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and Finance Minister Siniša Mali, repeated it was impossible to increase the minimum wage to 39,000 RSD, as it was demanded by the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (CATUS) and TUC NEZAVISNOST. This amount would make the minimum wage equal to the value of minimum consumer basket, according to the agreement made at the SEC session three years ago.
Since social partners’ positions weren’t harmonized, final decision on the minimum wage is to be made by the Serbian Government till September 15.
After the session Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said that in 2022 minimum wage would be 35,012RSD, which represents the increase of 9.4%. At the press conference she explained that in 2022 the increase would cover 89% of the minimum consumer basket. As she understood trade unions’ dissatisfaction with the decision, she announced that trade unions’ demands would probably be met at the end of 2023 with the decision coming into force on January 1, 2024.
CATUS and TUC NEZAVISNOST representatives said they weren’t satisfied because the increase should cover 100% of the minimum consumer basket.

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