The government’s decision to increase the minimum monthly wage by 25 euros to 325 euros in July and hints about its potential hike to 350 euros in January may be a retribution for the so-called social model, which includes amendments to the Labour Code, an analyst has said.
Gitanas Nausėda
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“We also have to take into account the ongoing discussions of the social model. It means that the minimum wage might be a certain element of social exchanges or a retribution for the adoption of a model, which will change the status quo of the labour market,” Gitanas Nausėda, an adviser to SEB Bankas president, told the Žinių Radijas on Monday.

He said that the increase of the minimum wage might also have as its aims the encouragement of businesses to move out of the shadow economy and the shakeup of the entire hierarchy of wages.

At the same time, Nausėda warned about the necessity to “always keep an eye on changes in average wages”.

The minimum wage in Lithuania was last raised in October 2014 – by 10.1 euros to 300 euros.

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