The House of Representatives, as the decision-making body of Parliament, is signed by the ruling majority vote a plus public sector employee salaries, as of July 1, with a quarter of the difference between the basic salary stipulated in Framework Law No. 153/2017 and the level of repayment at the end of last year. Parliament also decided 15% increase in the basic salary of employees of the Ministry of Transport and Culture. The increase is given due to the “complexity of work”. The legislature also decided to grant a 50% increase to public employees participating in projects financed from external reimbursable funds, as well as the full implementation of Parliament employees of the Law on the Uniform Remuneration for Public Officials.
Why is it important: The ruling coalition recently announced that from July 1, a quarter of the salary gap will be paid to public employees according to the levels stipulated in the Uniform Payroll Act, which was adopted in 2017 and has not yet been fully implemented.
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The measure was introduced on Tuesday in the Labor Committee of Representatives and voted on the same day in the plenary session of the House of Representatives, by amending a legislative bill that initially provided for a 10% increase in basic salaries for “Faculty members who perform the function of teacher/teacher/trainer“.
Since the purpose of the project was completely different, the USSR complained that the amendments to the Single Wage Law violated the two-chamber principle and would be unconstitutional.
The MPs of the PSD, the National Liberal Party, and the Mediterranean Democratic Union submitted and voted on the same day a series of amendments which provide for the application of another quarter of the salary levels stipulated in the Unified Salary Law.
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Thus, “starting with July 1, 2022the total amount of basic salaries, job/salary balances, monthly work allowances and monthly allowances paid to employees who are paid out of public funds By 1/4 of the difference between the basic salary stipulated in Framework Law No. 153/2017with subsequent modifications, for 2022 And for the month of December 2021“.
The measure will also apply to employees who have been promoted to professional positions or grades/ranks, during the period from January to June 2022.
The authority also decided through this project to increase the salary scale by 15% for employees of the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism.
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The deputies of the authority also modified a project initiated by the current Minister of Culture, Lucien Romacano, in order to fill some positions in the relevant ministry, and included a series of salary increases for employees in the public system.
Thus, first in the Senate, the judgment was introduced as follows: “Employees of institutions and/or public authorities appointed in teams Funded by external funds payableon the basis of laws ratifying or approving loan agreements adopted by the Romanian Parliament, benefiting from Increase base salaries, job balances/job salaries, and staffing allowances by up to 50%, regardless of how many projects you are involved in. This increase will be applied in proportion to the actual time allotted to the activities of each project.”
The argument behind the increase was that employees who manage projects of national importance are funded from reimbursable external funds, It does not have the same salary rights as employees who manage projects funded by European grantsand responsibilities are comparable.
“This discriminatory wage situation greatly affects the implementation of projects financed by external reimbursable funds, because Eligible employees prefer to be part of project teams funded by European grantsTo take advantage of the basic salary increase. This annex will remove this discriminatory situation and will facilitate the implementation of projects and reforms financed with external reimbursable funds, available to Romania through international loan agreements ratified or approved by Parliament,” say the authors of the amendment.
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In the House of Representatives, in this project, the elected also presented 15% increase in basic salaries for “complexity of work” for employees of the Ministry of Transport and employees of the Ministry of Culture.
This increase has so far benefited civil servants from several ministries, as well as from within the presidential administration or the General Secretariat of Government.
The increase is discussed only in the case of the Ministry of Culture, which has difficulties in attracting specialists to replace people with experience and seniority who leave the institution through retirement, transfer and resignation from underpaid public positions.
“The low level of salaries also prevents the recruitment of young professionals in key fields (architects, historians, philologists, theater scientists, musicologists, archaeologists, architects, ethnologists, archaeologists, managers, economists, engineers, lawyers), who have better offers on the labor market. Thus, the competitions that Recently organized shows that higher positions, respectively professional and higher ranks in the civil service, are considered unattractive, and potential candidates are discouraged, ‘in advance’, by information regarding the salary level of the job in question, noting the discrepancy between the job requirements and the salary offer’, among the authors. modifications.
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Finally, the elected officials also stated that “beginning with the month following the month in which this Act enters into force, basic salary of Parliament employees in Maximum salary level payable in the House of Representatives or the Senate, as the case may be, in proportion to each office and degree of seniority.”
The argument for the procedure adopted shows that the Uniform Pay Act can be fully applied to Parliament.
“This provision is necessary to prevent further disagreements which may involve both Houses of Parliament.” Pay the resulting salary differences between the actual salary level received and the salary level that will be properly determined, in relation to the provisions of Law No. 153/2017as well as the payment of costs related to each trial,” is the measure’s argument.
In order to take effect, only the enactment of all these changes is required.