Union members demand an increase in minimum wage in Kosovo

Union members demand an increase in minimum wage in Kosovo

Pristina, 30 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The Unions of Kosovo have demanded an increase of minimum wage in the country. Unions said that for an average household, the minimum wage in force is not enough and that the minimum wage should be increased to match the other countries of the region.

“I believe that an average household of five members in Kosovo spends about 450 euros a month. From this, we should come up with a new minimum wage in Kosovo”, says Haxhi Arifi, head of the Unions of Kosovo.

Minimum wage in Kosovo has ranged from 130 to 170 euros a month. The Unions are not happy with this rate and they will demand from the Economic and Social Committee to discuss the issue of minimum wages in Kosovo.

The average wage in Kosovo is around 360 Euros a month.

Meanwhile, a university dean or a professor receives 2 thousand euros a year in bonuses alone, while their salaries go as much as 18 thousand euros a year.

Meanwhile, the salary of a minister is around 15 thousand euros a year, not including bonuses. /ibna/