In Astana, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a video-conference meeting on the implementation of the Head of State’s Address dated October 5 of this year with regards to increasing incomes of the population and improving the remuneration system.

In his Address to the People of Kazakhstan, the head of state instructed to change the parameters of the main social indicator in the sphere of labor - the minimum wage. At the same time, the President called on large companies to support these changes, and, accordingly, to take measures to increase the wages of low-wage workers.

During the meeting, issues of developing common approaches to the execution of this assignment by local executive bodies and private structures were discussed. For a comprehensive consideration of the issue, regional Akims, as well as heads of NCE Atameken and large enterprises of the country took part in the meeting via video-conferencing.

In their speeches at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population S. Zhakupova and regional Akims gave statistics on the number of employees in public and private organizations who receive a salary of up to 42.5 thousand tenge and reported on measures taken to execute instructions from the Address 2019. The expected powerful social effect of raising the minimum wage will allow, in the opinion of the speakers, to significantly raise the standard of living of low-wage workers in both public and private organizations.

The leaders of large and medium-sized enterprises of the country did not stand aside either. Speaking at the meeting, Kahlon Singh Paramjit, Director General of ArcelorMittal Temirtau, expressed his full readiness to raise wages, in addition to general indexation, not only to those who receive the minimum wage, but also about 80% of the company's employees.

The consolidated position of the business on the full support of the appeal of the Head of State to increase the level of wages of the population was reflected in his speech by the Deputy Chairman of the Board of NCE Atameken, E. Zhumagaziyev.

Summing up the discussion, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed the Ministries of Labor and Social Protection of Population, Information and Communication, Akims of the regions and Astana, Almaty, Shymkent to ensure proper monitoring of compliance with labor laws in respect of low-paid categories of workers, to take measures for widespread outreach work. In addition, it is entrusted to ensure the signing and observance of collective agreements, acts of employers governing the wage system and monitoring compliance with labor law, including preventing the mass release of workers and using their labor without a work contract.

Published: 25 October 2018



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