Representatives from the Employers Union and the Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL) met on Friday to discuss the minimum wage agreement for next year which so far has not resulted in an agreement both sides are happy with.The EAKL’s chairman, Peep Peterson, told ERR at the meeting there was a feeling that both sides want to continue to reach an agreement without the need for the state conciliator. ”Today the meeting gave us confidence that by Oct. 23 a new minimum wage agreement can be agreed and that we can negotiate and move on,” Peterson said. He said at the same time that Oct. 23 is the last possible time they can reach an agreement without the state conciliator. Although the unions earlier negotiations reached a deal at the end of August to agree the minimum wage should be raised to €578 in 2020, the EAKL did not give their final approval.For years trade unions have pushed for a minimum wage of at least 40 percent of the average wage for full-time work, which next year is expected to be approximately €600. It is estimated the average wage will be around €1,400 in 2020.The current minimum monthly wage in Estonia for full-time work… Read full this story
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