Medvedev instructed to equalize the minimum wage and a living wage

Dmitry Medvedev

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Dmitry Medvedev has instructed three ministries to prepare a draft law to increase the minimum wage to a living wage

The Prime Minister of Russia Medvedev instructed the heads of ministries of labour, Finance and economic development to prepare a draft Federal law on raising the minimum wage to a living wage and to submit it to the government, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.

As to which should be prepared a document titled 20 may 2017.

About plans to raise the minimum wage Medvedev said during a report on the work of the government in the State Duma. Then the head of the government said that from July 1 this figure rises to 7800 rubles. Raising the minimum wage to a living wage level, he said that the goal of the next few years.

Earlier, the Minister of labour and social protection Maxim Topilin suggested that in order to equalize the minimum wage and a living wage, it may take three to five years.

For the fourth quarter of 2016 living wage working person was identified at 10 466 thousand rubles per person, which is RUB 212 less than the previous value.

At the end of last year, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said that the statutory minimum was to be a “virtually impossible.” However, she estimated the number of people receiving 7500 rubles a month, five million people.

According to Rosstat, the population with incomes below the subsistence minimum in 2016 to $ 19.8 million, i.e. 13.5% of the total population of Russia.

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