The members of the Social and Economic Council failed to reach a consensus on Serbia’s minimum wage, so talks will continue on Sept. 7, Ljubisav Orbovic, the president of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia, announced on Aug. 31.
Speaking for BETA, Orbovic explained that the Council’s college – comprising union, government and employer representatives – discussed increasing the country’s minimum wage but did not adopt any formal decisions.
According to Orbovic, the representatives of the government and Finance Minister Sinisa Mali did not support the unions’ demands that the wage increase take effect this year and that next year’s minimum wage be equal to the value of the minimum consumer basket.
The law requires that the matter be resolved by Sept. 15. Should the state’s social partners, employers and representative unions fail to reach an agreement, the final decision will be made by the state.