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A trade union umbrella organization demands €1,749 minimum wage for the cultural sector | News

TALO requests an increase by the Ministry of Culture of the minimum monthly salary of employees in the cultural sector paid and supported by the state budget as well as the salaries of employees of local authorities from the current €1,400 to €1,749 in 2023. Unions The confederation is also seeking additional funds to pay the creators of Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR).

“Final minimum wage figures will be established once the agreement is signed,” Tuuling said, explaining that the umbrella organization is calling for the culture sector’s minimum monthly wage to be increased to match the expected average wage for next year. “We submitted our application on Monday, and we should receive a response within seven days.”

Over the next two weeks, TALO intends to discuss its proposal with various institutions.

“We have actually already talked about it with the Minister of Culture, and have already reached key agreements,” he continued, referring to Minister of Culture Tiit Terik (Center). “The minister considers [the requested increase to €1,749] justified. As the salary levels remained below what we were looking for in previous years, he felt that one year we should have a greater increase, with which we would then obtain the result that the additional sums of successive years would not be so important, but they would still be on the rise. »

TALO has been submitting demands for minimum wage increases since 1992, when it began to negotiate with the state government regarding wages and social guarantees paid from public funds as well as with other employers such than local governments. The confederation of trade unions aims to ensure that all employees throughout Estonia receive equal treatment and equal pay for equal work.

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