No rest for the weary: Meager unemployment benefits not likely to rise

  • 1998-11-26
  • Rebecca Santana
TALLINN - Making ends meet on unemployment benefits of 300 kroons ($22) a month is an impossible task, according to labor representatives.But government officials were quick to warn them that an increase is out of the question.In a meeting with the government and employers Nov. 19, labor organizations asked for an increase in Estonia's unemployment benefits, among the lowest in Europe, and pointed out that more people will come to rely on the state in these uncertain economic times."Our aim is very clear. We want the unemployment benefits to be 50 percent of the minimum wage level," said Ti...
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