Slovenian MPs Pass Ten Percent Minimum Wage Rise
Ljubljana, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Dec, 2018 ) :Slovenia's parliament on Thursday approved a phased ten percent increase in the minimum wage, as the eurozone country's economy continues to rebound from a 2013 crisis with its fifth year of growth.
With 56 votes in favour and no votes against, the 90-seat parliament approved raising the minimum wage from its current level of 638 Euros ($725) per month after tax to 667 euros, starting in January 2019.
In 2020, the rate will increase to 700 euros. In addition, some bonuses which are currently included as part of the minimum wage will be excluded, according to the bill presented to MPs by the left-wing Levica Party.
The issue of workers' wages had been a key theme in elections this spring that eventually resulted in Sarec's coalition government being formed.
There has been upward pressure on wages across Europe in recent months, with inflation in the eurozone due to hit 1.8 percent in 2018, according to a forecast released by the European Central Bank on Thursday.
In a concession to the "yellow jackets" protests that have rocked France, on Monday French President Emmanuel Macron announced a 100-euro ($113) per month increase in the minimum wage there from next year.