terms of levers of minimum wage, Georgia takes last place in Europe and the penultimate in
the world, lagging behind all countries, including the poorest.
However, this can be considered a formality, which doesn’t reflect the real situation- the minimum wage
threshold was adopted in the mid-90s and has not yet been revised. It makes now GEL 20 per month though such a salary has not been paid for a long time.
Georgia’s real wages are quite low, although much higher than GEL 20 per month.
to the Trade Unions, about 23,000 people earn up to GEL 100 per month, 6,300
people - up to GEL 200.
highest and stable salaries are in the public sector and large business,
however, still they are not enough amid rapid growth in prices for almost all goods.
to the social situation in the country, the Trade Unions proposed the government
to review the minimum official salary to
make it more or less realistic, at least GEL 320 per month.
relevant bill has already been submitted to Parliament.
Trade Unions are confident that approximately 130,000 people who currently have
very low salaries will feel the benefits of the new law as employers will be
forced to pay them more.
parliamentary majority, who agree that 20 GEL is too little even for Georgia,
also says that the minimum should be increased. The ruling party believe the
initiative is acceptable but needs to be discussed more detailed.
opposition says that in the current situation a revision of the minimum wage will not bring
any results but will increase the share
of the shadow economy noting that this problem should be solved through boosting economic growth and improving the social
status of citizens.