Industrial Association Hails Idea for Region-specific Bottom Wage, Trade Unions Opposed

Industrial Association Hails Idea for Region-specific Bottom Wage, Trade Unions Opposed

The Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) welcomed a finance ministry idea to introduce region-specific minimum wage, and went even further proposing that the bottom wage be applicable only where the state is the employer.

The trade unions, however, turned down the finance ministry's idea.

The bottom wage in Sofia should be different from that in Montana or Vidin, for example, as almost nobody in big cities such as Sofia, Plovdiv or Burgas works for a minimum monthly wage, finance minister Simeon Dyankov said in an interview for local daily Standard News last week.

Introducing differentiated bottom wages is a step towards helping the business to not cut jobs, state-run Bulgarian News Agency quoted BIA president Bozhidar Danev as saying.

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria, however, said that the uniform bottom wage has a protective function and keeps remuneration across the country above the official poverty line.

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