Labour Minister Has Secured Money for Increase of Minimum Wages
From July 1 the minimum wage will raise to 270 leva
Several days ago Finance Minister Simeon Djankov reiterated his position that the national budget has no money for such an increase and urged the Labour Minister to find money himself if he wants the wage raise. "I have fulfilled my commitment to Finance Minister Simeon Djankov by finding the 7.5 million leva that are necessary," said Mladenov. He was speaking to the press during an inspection of a construction site on Sofia's ringroad.
In 2010, the Chief Labour Inspectorate collected 5 million leva in fines. Between January and March 2011, revenues from fines were over 3 million leva, Mladenov said. In the past month, the Inspectorate and the National Revenue Agency carried out over 500 joint checks whether rules regarding employment contracts and regular payment of wages, contributions and taxes are observed During Friday's check of the construction site, twenty workers were found to be working without labour contracts.
They were not insured against occupation accidents, which carries a fine of between 1,500 and 15,000 leva. In some cases, workers declared wages of 330 leva for an eight-hour working day, while they were insured towards half 180 lv at four-hour day.