Тhe economist, Lyuboslav Kostov, from the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria (CITUB) commented on the recently released data that a family of four needs BGN 581.31 per person per month for a decent standard of living. He stated that 71% of the Bulgarians receive income below the minimum standard of living if the statistics are realistic.
MPs' salary will increase by about BGN 300 to BGN 3540, which is a consequence of the increase in the average wage in the public sector in Bulgaria. According to the National Statistical Institute, it was 1180 BGN in December.
According to Parliament's Rules of Procedure, parliamentary wages are three times the average in the public sector in the last month of the previous quarter.
The end of the freeze on salaries that was introduced in 2015 will entail raises in civil servants' earnings from this year and an additional cost to the state coffers amounting to 143 million euros.
A circular issued by the Finance Ministry clarifies that the suspension of salary increases for all civil servants ended on December 31, 2017.
The seamstesses who work in a shoe factory in Dupnitsa made a protest against unpaid wages. They have not received their monthly wages for December and January.
Such a wage delays in the enterprise happen for the second time. The owner is an Italian and, in the words of the workers, is now hiding in Italy.
Average gross salaries and wages paid in Serbia in November amounted to RSD 65,609 (EUR 550) - RSD 47,575 (EUR 400) net.
Compared to October, this was an increase of 1.6 percent in nominal and real terms, while average net salaries and wages increased by 1.5 percent both in nominal and real terms, the Statistic Office (RZS) announced.
BGN 510 minimum salary from January - this proposal has already been uploaded for public discussion. The Cabinet is about to decide, reported bTV.
According to Social Minister Bisser Petkov, the growth of nearly 11% will stimulate labor market activity, increase the incomes of the lowest paid and increase purchasing power.