The Government of Serbia promised to INCREASE the non-taxable amount of the minimum wage, here is how much
Representatives Ministry of Finance of Serbia today, during the negotiations regarding the increase in the minimum wage for 2023, they proposed that the state increase the tax-free amount of wages from 19,300 dinars to 21,712 dinars, or by 12.5 percent, and in this way take the burden of additional expenses instead of employers, he said after that meeting , economic adviser in the trade union UGS “Nezavisnost” Zoran Ristić.
He told Beta that the state has offered to reduce health insurance contributions, but the specific amount has not been announced.
According to him, the employers are ready to accept the proposed increase of the minimum wage by 14 percent, i.e. that it amounts to about 40,000 dinars, if the state relieves them with tax breaks.
“We do not expect that the Government of Serbia will agree to the union’s request that the salary be adjusted twice and that one amount is valid until the end of the year, and that the next one be renegotiated at the end of the year, given its firm position and the right to, according to the Labor Law, in the event of failure agreement between her, the trade union and the employers, she determines the amount herself,” said Ristić.
The trade unions believe that the minimum wage should be aligned with the minimum basket
The vice-president of the Association of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS) and a member of the negotiating team, Zoran Marković, said that the unions do not accept the proposed increase of the minimum wage of 14 percent to about 40,000 dinars proposed by the state, which would raise the price of an hour from 201.22 dinars to 229. 36 dinars.
“Back in May, we launched the initiative to adjust the minimum wage upwards according to the minimum basket from May this year, when it cost 43,695 dinars, and to negotiate the minimum wage for 2023 in December and to make it equal to the minimum consumer basket” , Markovic said.
He added that according to the agreement from 2018, the minimum wage was supposed to be equal to the consumer basket last year, but it was abandoned due to the corona virus pandemic and that it is high time to do it now.
Employersaccording to the representative of the Employers’ Union, Nebojša Atanacković, agree to the state’s proposal to increase the minimum wage by 14 percent to about 40,000 dinars, on the condition that this cost is compensated, that is, that the state renounces part of the income from taxes and contributions to wages.
The working group will hold another meeting next week. The final decision will be made at the Social and Economic Council. In case they do not agree, the state will have the final word by September 15.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, announced two months before the start of the negotiations that he would minimum from around 35,000 dinars to be increased to 40,000 dinars, and he did that last year and that’s how it was, the negotiations were completely formal.
Source: BIZlife by bizlife.rs.
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