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Public figures have published an open letter to express their discontent with plans to make the c... [more]

Public figures have published an open letter to express their discontent with plans to make the country’s second pillar pension funds voluntary. The letter was signed by various high profile people including analysts, economists and entrepreneurs from a range of institutions broad enough to include all of the country’s major important universities, banks, ministries, investment funds, industrial associations, trade unions and think tanks. They believe that at this moment there is no viable alternative to a pension system based on saving money and dismantling it would mean the creation of a large financial burden for coming generations. Instead of the reforms that are being discussed now they urge politicians to improve the second pillar by making it more effective.

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According to new data from Statistics Estonia unemployment continued to fall over the past ten ye... [more]

According to new data from Statistics Estonia unemployment continued to fall over the past ten years, with long-term unemployment at a 20-year low. With an average of 5% in most age groups, unemployment in the country lies below the EU average unemployment rate of 7%. However, the number of underemployed workers- people who work part-time but want to work more hours- has increased. Part-time work is also on the rise with a record high at 82,000 part-time workers in 2018.

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In 2015 the country introduced a budget to provide salaries equal to the national average wage to... [more]

In 2015 the country introduced a budget to provide salaries equal to the national average wage to a small group of artists and writers. Before 2015 there were no official funds to support artists and writers. The ministry of culture is planning to increase the budget for artists and writers salaries. With the higher budget, starting from January 2019, the amount of monthly paid salaries will increase from the level of the national average wage to a salary that equals 1.1 times the minimum wage of cultural workers with higher education. Furthermore, the number of artists and writers that can apply for this monthly income will from 2021 onwards be raised from 24 to 30 writers and artists.

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The government has approved the minimum hourly wage to rise from 2.97 euro to 3.21 euro per hour.... [more]

The government has approved the minimum hourly wage to rise from 2.97 euro to 3.21 euro per hour. Starting in the new year, the minimum monthly salary will increase from 500 to 540 euro. According to Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA) data, a total of 25,500 full-time employees earned the minimum wage of €500 per month, accounting for 5.3% of all paid employees. Another 15,700 people, or 3% of full-time employees, earned €501-539 per month. The new minimum wage was agreed upon in an extended collective agreement concluded between the Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL) Estonian Employers' Confederation (ETTK) last summer.

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Results of a recent survey show that 45% of the workers working conduct paid or unpaid overtime. ... [more]

Results of a recent survey show that 45% of the workers working conduct paid or unpaid overtime. Only 24% of the workers are financially compensated for their overtime work which means that in one in every workers that work overtime do this unpaid. The construction sector, transport, logistics and IT see the highest percentages of unpaid overtime work. The least unpaid overtime was found in assistance and finance.

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The Estonian Seamen's Independent Union (EMSA) wants to take ferry operator TS Laevad to court cl... [more]

The Estonian Seamen's Independent Union (EMSA) wants to take ferry operator TS Laevad to court claiming that the company is undermining the collective bargaining process. This month the ferry operator broke off negotiations on a new collective agreement that started in March 2018. Furthermore, the company is said to have offered its employees various benefits in order to free it from signing a collective agreement. Ferry workers are mainly demanding the guarantee that the value of the payable salary will not constantly diminish and insurance for work related accidents. Besides going to court, unions also threaten with industrial action.

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The Estonian Transport and Road Workers Trade Union (ETTA) and the Union of Estonian Automobile E... [more]

The Estonian Transport and Road Workers Trade Union (ETTA) and the Union of Estonian Automobile Enterprises started talks on a new collective agreement. ETTA wants the minimum wage for drivers, which in nearly half of the companies is currently 620 euro a month, to be risen to 1000 euro a month. During the negotiations both parties will invite non-member employers and drivers that to present their opinions and add proposals to the agreement to be signed.

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Government reaches an agreement on next years’ state budget. It will exceed 11 billion euro; 21 m... [more]

Government reaches an agreement on next years’ state budget. It will exceed 11 billion euro; 21 million euro will be used for an average wage increase of 10% for police officers and border guards. Government officials declared that salaries of front-line employees, foremost patrol police officers and border guards, will increase the most. The budget bill is still to be approved.

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The tradition of tripartite meetings that for many years did not take place in the country was re... [more]

The tradition of tripartite meetings that for many years did not take place in the country was restored last spring as a procedure to discuss labour market problems. In September, government, unions and employers met again, this time to discuss the countries’ gender wage gap that still is one of the widest in the European Union. Several topics were discussed such as the flexibility of employment and lifelong learning.

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Trade unions and employers published the bargaining results of a project that has to lead to a mi... [more]

Trade unions and employers published the bargaining results of a project that has to lead to a minimum wage agreement. The minimum wage negotiation project is based on a model for calculating the minimum wage agreed upon by trade unions and employers. Bargaining regarding the 2019 minimum wage ended at a monthly rate of 540 euro and an hourly 3.21 euro. The organisations have asked their membership for comments before the final signature. The board of the Trade Union Confederation will discuss the minimum wage issue on 25 September, the council of the Employers' Confederation on 19 September.

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