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Agreement on Estonian minimal wage reached for 2018

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The umbrella organisations of Estonian employers’ associations and trade unions have agreed that the minimum gross monthly wage in the Baltic state from 2018 will be 500 euros and the minimal hourly gross wage to be 2.79 euros.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that a respective agreement was signed on Thursday, October 27, and the head of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation commented: «The growth in minimum wage that is twice as fast as the growth of productivity is still creating pressure for increasing the efficiency of employers, while the notion included in the agreement stating that wage growth cannot come from nothing but rather from the growth in productivity is important».

BNN reported earlier this week that the head of Estonian Trade Union Confederation has evaluated that increasing the minimum monthly wage to 1,000 euros is not realistic at the moment, although local politicians and businessmen have suggested the four-digit number.

Among the Estonian politicians and businessmen, who have urged to introduce the minimum monthly salary of 1,000, there is former banker and Hansapank founder Indrek Neivelt and former Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar.

Peep Peterson, the Head of Estonian Trade Union Confederation evaluated in an interview with the ERR: «Politicians have aimed for large sums, but such a proposal needs to become a reality as well, and the negotiations are still between the trade unions and the employers. 1,000 euro-wage isn’t currently realistic, though we’re likely headed that way».

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