Gov’t eyes resetting the public wage draft

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The Government wants ‘to reset’ the whole working process and to amend the draft for the public wage emergency ordinance, PM Ciolos informed on Friday.

He revealed that there the existing law would not be changed, but rather corrected within the existing budgetary limits.

Resources should be allocated “where they are needed most and where their impact can be the strongest possible,” the premier underlined.

I jumped to some conclusions and drew some lessons from the last discussions on the public wage draft. Based on these conclusions, we would like to reset the working framework and re-start this process so that we could soon come up with a new proposal for emergency ordinance that should have a well-defined aim targeting not an amendment of the current law but rather a correction within the limits of the budget that we can allot as soon as possible (…),” the premier stated at the beginning of the National Tripartite Council, which gathers representatives of the government, business and trade unions, of the National Bank of Romania (the central bank), of the Economic and Social Council (a consultative body of the Parliament and government) and other members agreed by the social partners.

In his turn, the new Labour minister Dragoș Pislaru said that the emergency ordinance on public wage would be launched to public debate in mid-May, while the new approach would focus on the base pay and not on allowances and on pay rises.

The Government’s main proposal is decompressing the base pay “upward” in the limit of the existing budgetary resources that should lead to a minimum adjustment of the salary pyramid.

We are talking about a public administration of an EU member state where people earn net salaries under RON 1,000. This is unacceptable and that’s why we have the moral, dignity duty not to forget the most affected categories of the public system,” the Labour minister argued, adding that it’s not about only the public servants who have secondary education, but the university graduates who are at the beginning of their careers in the budgetary system and who must be “motivated” somehow.

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