Spain mulls €21 a day minimum wage freeze
The Local · 8 Oct 2013, 13:39
Published: 08 Oct 2013 13:39 GMT+02:00
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Spain's conservative government is considering freezing the country's national minimum wage in 2014.
If that happens, people would continue to get by on just €645.30 a month, or €21.51 a day — enough to cover two movie tickets, or four McDonald's Happy Meals.
This is is also just €2.68 an hour for an eight-hour day.
Spain last froze its minimum wage in 2012 while the minimum monthly salary went up by 3.9 cents, or 0.6 percent in 2013.
The Spanish minimum wage is almost the same as the Greek figure, which is €683.76.
In France, the minimum wage is €1,430 before tax and in Italy, this figure is €880, or €5.50 and hour.
Portugal is the only country in western Europe with a lower minimum wage — €565.83.