Labour Minister proposes minimum wage be set at half average salary

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (Social Democrats) will propose a new mechanism for determining the minimum wage, setting it at 50 per cent of the average salary in the country for the previous year.

As of this January, the minimum wage in the Czech Republic is 12,000 crowns (480 euros). Trade union representatives had been seeking an increase of 1,500 crowns, or 12 per cent.

The valorisation mechanism proposed by Minister Maláčová would require amending the Labour Code. According to the Czech news agency ČTK, trade unions would back the proposed change, which could come into effect in 2020.