The minimum gross salary will be increased next year from RON 1,050, as will be from July this year, to RON 1,200, Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced on Thursday in a press conference. From January 1 this year, the gross minimum wage was set at RON 975 and is going to be increased by another RON 75 in July.
In her turn, Labour Minister Rovana Plumb estimated that around two million of state employees could receive salary increases from January 1, 2016, following the review of unit wage law. She said also that there are a salary classes overlapping.
Two options of pay for the budget system are currently analysed by a ministerial committee. A draft law in this filed will be put in public debate by the end of February, Minister for Social Dialogue Liviu Pop announced, on the other hand.
Ponta: Budgetary system employees, underpaid
Referring to the wages of the budgetary system employees, PM Ponta said that about 1 million of the total of 1.2 million of employees have wages under RON 1200 (less then EUR 300). The premier commented that a low public wages system is leading to corruption and to “passive resistance”. According to him, the employees of the public system are underpaid compared to those working for control bodies and controlling the first ones. Ponta said that it would come up to the situation that only “watch dogs” will resist, as “the sheep will starve”.
Statistics unveiled by the prime minister show that The National Authority for Energy Regulation (ANRE) employees have higher salaries, 300 percent above the public system average wages, the Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) -200 percent, the Judicial Inspection, the Directorate for Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation (DIICOT), the Court of Accounts, the National Anti-corruption Directorate, the High Court of Justice and Cassation, the Fight against Fraud Department, Public Ministry and Justice Ministry, all the other public institutions having wages under the 100 percent average.