MP Beka Natsvlishvili, at the briefing today stated that the bill on Minimal Salary has been registered in the Parliament and declared about their initiative to define the minimal salary in Georgia under the law.
According to him, currently, the average salary for 229 000 citizens in the country constitutes 280 GEL, which is less than the living allowance and fail to event meet the basic needs.
“The initiated law is supposed to regulate the issue of minimal salary. The bill we have registered envisages the minimal salary to constitute 45% of the average salary, which according to the current index, constitutes 500 GEL accrued and 400 GEL after deduction of the taxes. It shall be the minimal, the lowest limit deriving that the real living allowance today in Georgia constitutes 380 GEL and people shall not work full time for less than living allowance as the salary is the source for the people to support their families and thus, the minimal salary shall be defined under the law. It will improve living conditions for at least 299 000 citizens. If the law defines the lower limit of the salary, it will entail increase of the salaries for the people with higher wages”, - he noted.
As to the petty business with 500 000 GEL of circulation, the law shall not apply to the petty business for the term of five years allowing them to get prepared and not to lose their motivation for growth.
Thus, the bill aims at definition of the minimal salary under the law to serve as the guarantee for the employed citizens to meet their minimal needs taking the existing social and economic conditions into account. Currently, the minimal salary stipulated under the Presidential Ordinance of 1999 constituting 20 GEL is still valid in the country.
The bill introduced is authored by Beka Natsvlishvili in cooperation with the Laborer Unions: Union of Independent Laborers “Solidarity Network”, Subway Trade Union “Unity 2013” and the Trade Union of Social Workers, as well as the nurses, metallurgists and the representatives of other spheres.
The bill is initiated by MPs Beka Natsvlishvili, Giorgi Lomia, Irma Inashvili, Ada Marshania, Emzar Kvitsiani, Gela Mikadze, Gia Zhorzholiani, Mirian Tsiklauri, Gedevan Popkhadze, Eka Beselia, Zviad Kvachantiradze, David Jincharadze, Levan Gogichaishvili and Nato Chkheidze.