Syria's Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Baria Kudsi has told private companies to increase their workers' salaries by 25 percent, the official SANA agency reported.
The minister has fixed a minimum increase of 528 Syrian pounds ($10.5) with a top-end of 1,931 pounds ($38.6) to the figures that companies should add to salaries to respect the increase, according to SANA.
The agency said that the increase should be retroactive, covering the month of September, and also apply to part-time workers.
President Bashar al-Assad has already announced increases of 25 percent for public sector salaries, and 20 percent for retirement pensions, which took effect on September 1.
These increases take the minimum wage in Syria from 3,500 pounds ($70) to 4,375 pounds ($87.5) a month. The average wage of civil servants is around 4,000 pounds ($100). – (AFP)
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