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Government raises public sector wages by 15% - 1

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MOSCOW, May 1 (RIA Novosti) - The government is raising wages in the budget-dependent sector by 15% from May 1.

"Public sector wages will be raised by 15% on May 1 and by 11% on October 1," Health and Social Development Minister Mikhail Zurabov said earlier at a government meeting.

He added that the minimum pay, currently at 800 rubles (about $29), would be raised to 1,100 rubles (about $40) also from May 1.

Maxim Topilin, the head of the Federal Service for Labor and Employment, earlier said that only 17 regions had made a decision to raise the minimum pay for public sector workers to 1,100 rubles from May 1.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov said the minimum pay in Moscow would from May 1 total 4,100 rubles ($150).

"Now Moscow's minimum pay is 4,100 rubles, and by the year's end it will quadruple the one fixed by federal laws," he said.

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