“The field of culture needs motivated people and young people need the confirmation that a decent salary allows them to choose specialties linked in particular to culture. The minimum wage which serves as the basis for calculating the entire wage has not changed for two years, which is why the current increase of € 100 is more than understandable. In addition, heads of establishments can review the salaries of other employees, including those in the field of support, ”said the Minister.
“The state wage agreement applies to cultural workers paid from the budget of the Ministry of Culture. I ask that the principles of wage policy be more widely followed, including in local governments, where much of the cultural work is done, ”Terik added.
“The € 1,400 reached is slightly lower than our request, which was based on a forecast of average gross salary. Hence TALO’s sincere wish that it is appropriate to ensure an increase in the minimum rate every year, otherwise the jumps would remain too high and in fact inaccessible, ”said Ago Tuuling, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TALO.
“It is also important to approach the cultural sector in a holistic way, so that the results obtained in salary negotiations also apply to independent creators and to all other actors in this sector, including local governments,” said Tuuling.
Some 2.8 million euros have been set aside in the budget for the growth of the wages of cultural workers. The minimum wage for cultural workers with higher education qualifications will increase by 7.5%, from € 1,300 to € 1,400. The salaries of the remaining staff are decided by the principals.
In addition, the support fund to cover the labor costs of sports coaches will increase by 6.7% to 7.8 million euros. The measure of salary support for instructors of groups participating in the tradition of the Festival of song and dance will also continue with 2.7 million euros allocated to the measure.