It is premature to abolish the minimum wage (minimum wage) indicator in Russia, said Valery Ryazansky, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, commenting on the proposal of Nikolai Arefiev, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship.
“It seems to me that it is too early to talk about this now, we have only reached the level of one-to-one ratio, when the cost of living and the minimum wage are close, equal. It was a long journey, I want to remind you that since the beginning of 2000 they have been in different speed regimes, the cost of living has always outstripped the growth rate of the minimum wage. The minimum wage started at 83.49 rubles. Now, when the indicators have become equal, we need to make some kind of assessment of what to do next, “Ryazansky RT said.
According to the parliamentarian, now it is necessary to increase the minimum wage at a faster pace. He called the indicator itself “very serious” for the relationship between employees and employers.
The day before, Arefiev said that the minimum wage does more harm than good, so it must be canceled. He pointed out that in Russia there is already an indicator of the subsistence minimum (PM) and wages in any case should not be lower than it.
Today the minimum wage in Russia exceeds the value of the PM. So, in 2021 the minimum wage is set at 12,792 rubles. Next year, the figure will grow by 6.4% to 13,617 rubles, the Ministry of Labor said in early July. PM in the current year is 11 653 rubles. In 2022 it will be increased by 2.5% to 11,950 rubles.