Minimum wage progress in Russia and Central Asia

Europe
Minimum wages in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan play a very important role in wage setting and EPSU affiliates in these countries are active in their union movements in campaigning for higher rates. They have also been involved in debates around the basked of goods and services on which living wage calculations are based. One of the main successes for unions has been to ensure that minimum wages are increased on a regular basis. In some countries workers had to wait as long as five or even nine years to see an increase in the rate. Information on recent developments is provided by EPSU regional officer Olga Zhankevich as background for the meeting of EPSU affiliates in the region in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 3-5 March. [Read more at > EPSU->http://www.epsu.org/a/11188]