Earlier proposals called for the raising of the minimum wage by 61 euros, or 9.5 percent, to 703 euros, but Social Security and Labor Minister Monika Navickiene said last month that the minimum wage might be increased more substantially.

The agenda of the Cabinet’s Wednesday meeting does include the issue of the minimum wage.

Should the government support the proposal, it would be submitted to the Tripartite Council on Friday. The government should then adopt the final decision in October when it would present the budget bill of 2022 to the parliament.

The minimum monthly wage was last increased in January, to 642 euros (before tax), from 607 euros. Pursuant to the Labor Code, only unskilled jobs can pay the minimum wage.