Serbia's minimum wage can cover a mere one-third of a salary required for a decent standard of living, the Clean Clothes Campaign international network announced in Belgrade, on April 7.
At the presentation of a regional living wage concept developed by the network, its representatives said that a living wage in Serbia should reach RSD98,000, according to a calculation carried out through a field research in 15 states.
According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, the international initiative focused on working conditions in the textile industry across the world, the living wage is a concept based on objective living costs, representing the lowest salary to make a decent life possible for workers.
Unlike a minimum wage, the living wage covers the cost of food, clothes, housing and bills, public transportation, education and healthcare, allowing for some minimal savings as well. The organization's national coordinator for Serbia, Bojana Tamindzija, said that the salaries received by most of regional employees "can be described as poverty-level wages, even though a living wage is a human right recognized in U.N. and EU documents."