Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis led a meeting on Friday at the Maximos mansion and announced that from April 1 the minimum monthly wage will increase to 780 euros. He noted that he has no illusions and knows that “this new increase obviously does not solve the problem. Certainly, however, it provides a very important relief and shows our intentions to raise wages in both the public and private sectors.”
“So, from April 1, it will reach 780 euros from 650 euros in 2019. This means that since then, almost three additional salaries have been added to the incomes of approximately 600,000 workers every year,” said the Prime Minister and added:
The new increase will obviously affect unemployment benefits and all minimum wage benefits. The Minister of Labor will explain all this in detail in the near future.
“I’m under no illusions. I know, we know, wages are still low in our country, and they’re still being squeezed by imported inflation. That’s what I hear all the time, especially from young people making ends meet.
I would like to emphasize that the final amount agreed upon is at the upper limit of our capabilities. However, this is within the scope of the businesses that – I want to remind you – were so strongly supported by the Greek government during the pandemic.
At the same time, the national economy continues to grow strongly, unemployment is steadily declining, and taxes continue to decline. So now is the time to support workers with a generous increase in the basic wage, because the dividends of growth must be reaped fairly by all.”