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Gov't minimum wage rise proposal moves closer to unions', employers'

The government's proposed minimum wage increase for 2011 moved closer to proposals by employers and unions at a meeting of the National Interest Coordination Council (OET) on Friday.

The government proposed to employers and unions at the meeting raising the minimum wage by at least 5.0% for 2011, National Economy Ministry state secretary Sándor Czomba said. The government proposed raising the minimum wage for people with vocational certificates by at least 3.4%, he added.

At a meeting of the OET three weeks earlier, the government proposed raising the minimum wage by at least 4.5%. Its proposal for the increase in the minimum wage for qualified workers was unchanged.

Unions proposed raising the minimum wage from HUF 73,500 a month to HUF 79,500, an increase of about 8.2%. They proposed raising the minimum wage for people with vocational certificates to HUF 96,500 a month.

Employers proposed raising the minimum wage by 5.3% to HUF 77,400 and the minimum wage for people with vocational certificates by 4.1% to HUF 93,200, said chief secretary of business association VOSz Ferenc Dávid. (MTI-Econews)