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President’s pre-election promise on minimum wages needs more discussion, union says

President Anastasides with representatives of SEK union on Tuesday

The head of umbrella union SEK said on Tuesday that the issue of a minimum wage for each profession was touched on during a broad meeting he had in the morning with President Nicos Anastasiades.

On January 7 this year, Anastasiades announced in a public speech that with full employment, which he estimated would be achieved in the next two years, the government would discuss with employers’ organisations and unions the possibility of setting a minimum wage for all professions.

After the meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia on Tuesday with SEK representatives, the union’s general-secretary, Andreas Matsas when asked, said the president’s proposal had been touched on during the discussions.

“We exchanged views on issues relating to employment and the overall social policy and the need has emerged to be more consultation between the social partners and also unity among the political parties to continue the economic growth path,” Matsas said.

On the minimum wage, he said it would be discussed more extensively by the union’s executive with the president. “It is a huge issue that must be approached in the context of a comprehensive dialogue and proper targeting,” Matsas added.

He added that existing provisions would need to be strengthened for such a policy to be applied in practice

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