13 December 2012, Thursday, 16:01
author: Galina Bakhshieva
According to the data by the Federal State Statistics Service, now more than 14 percent of workers receive wages below the established living wage. It should be mentioned that since January 1, 2013 the minimum wage rate will increase to 5205 roubles a month. Now the minimum wage rate makes 4611 roubles. Thus, the increase will make almost 13 percent.
“This change will affect basically workers of the federal property organisations. Since January 1, 2011 the wages of state employees of Bashkortostan and workers of the enterprises of other patterns of ownership could not be less than 5500 roubles any more. In turn, enterprises and organisations of the federal property are obliged now by January 1, to make amendments to labour and collective agreements, branch agreements and to reconsider provisions on employees remuneration,” Andrey Tsibizov, the head of the State Labour Inspection in Bashkortostan commented on the situation.
As the main state labour inspector of Bashkortostan underlined, the minimum wage rate value is one of the basic state guarantees for all workers, irrespective of economy branch and pattern of ownership.
Thus, for January-November, 2012 following the results of checks spent by state labour inspectors and public prosecutors 72 republican employers were fined for payment of wages below the federal or republican minimum.
The overall objective of increasing the minimum wage rate is to bring it to the value of the minimum living wage as it is provided by article 133 of the Labour Code of the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Russia plans «to develop by April, 1, 2013 a step-by-step plan on bringing the minimum wage rate to the miniumum living wage».