November 22, 2018 | 01:04 | News Agency FOCUS
Sofia. Employer organizations and trade unions expect average wage growth in 2019. This was evident after a meeting of representatives of organizations in the Council of Ministers with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov and Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov. During the conversation, three main topics were discussed: increased average wages, lack of qualified business and energy staff.
Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev commented that key issues should not only be discussed by political parties but as tripartite cooperation. "Therefore, at Borisov's invitation there was a meeting in which all the socio-economic issues were discussed," Donchev said.
CRIB President Cyril Domuschiev stressed that such meetings should take place because both employers and trade unions are important to the state. "Over the past two years, we have a two-digit increase in average wages. We expect this trend to continue the following year – we have joined all employers' organizations, which means that wages in businesses with good added value will increase significantly. But the salaries of professionals, people who want to work, those with the necessary knowledge and skills will grow. And we continue to believe that the main problem in Bulgaria for a more significant growth of education is education, "Domuschiev said. He stressed that employers' organizations would therefore continue to insist on improving the education system and staff qualifications.
CITUB President Plamen Dimitrov explained that the meeting with the Prime Minister was an attempt on the part of the public and the authorities to try to analyze what needs to be done next year and to address the most important issues. "The truth is that the revenue growth trend needs to be continued, confirmed and guaranteed next year. From this point of view, I pointed out that the double-digit increase of the average salary of 12-15% next year, according to our estimates, should respond to two questions – how well we distribute the increase in extraction we expect next year and how we react to rising commodity prices and services. That is why the Bulgarian worker wants to hear and I think the message is common – for companies and businesses to reach not only to the message, but also to the real arrangement for higher salaries, "commented Dimitrov.
Next week, employers' unions and organizations are expected to hold a new meeting with the prime minister to continue discussing urgent energy issues.
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