Soldiers' wages to be raised by €50

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On August 29 the government decided to raise the wages of Latvian soldiers and officers by €50. They will be paid €520 a month starting October 1. 

"Next year soldiers' wages will get closer to the minimum wage, which will grow to €430 from the current €380... soldiers' remuneration is no longer competitive. It's more and more difficult for the army to compete with the civil sector," said the Defense Ministry requesting the cabinet to make the amendments. 

Currently the monthly wage for soldiers and officers serving their first year is at €470.

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