Romania to up minimum wage, regulate state employees’ salary grid

Romania to up minimum wage, regulate state employees’ salary grid

Bucharest, May 20, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Daniel Stroe

The minimum wage per economy will be 1,200 lei (about 270 Euros) starting January 2016, up from the current 950 lei, while the highest salary will be that of Romania’s President, which will equal the amount gained by the President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Prime Minister, the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker and the Senate Speaker, Labour Minister Rovana Plumb revealed in a press conference.

The Romanian President has a salary of 6,700 lei (about 1,200 Euros). Plumb highlighted that the unitary pay law in the public sector is currently being worked on.

“We are currently in a situation of calculating certain scenarios, together with the Finance Minister. We shall immediately enter dialogue, as we have done so far, with our social partners, but we shall also consult our colleagues in the Government who manage the areas in the public sector. As we have proposed, the lowest salary will be 1,200 lei, the minimum wage per economy starting January 2016. The highest [salary] will be that of the President, equal to that of the President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, equal to that of the Prime Minister, equal to that of the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker and that of the Senate Chairman,” Plumb pointed out.

Asked to comment on a statement of Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, according to which the minister salary would be law regulated, Rovana Plumb said that “the problem resides in the motivation of the staff of the entire public sector.”

“What we have managed to do for this year was to raise salaries only in the two key sectors; health and education. Now we are still looking to the public sector; the local public administration, the central public administration, because, indeed, there haven’t been any increases here and the staff motivation is absent,” the Labour Minister underscored, as quoted by Agerpres.

Early this year, Rovana Plumb said that there is an overlapping of the salary categories, after the minimum wage per economy increased to 975 lei.

“It is certain that we currently have an overlapping of the salary categories, following a good decision, beneficial for all employees of Romania: the increase of the minimum wage per economy, which, as you very well know, now stands at 975 lei, and from July 1, it will account for 1,050 lei and, of course, the two very important budget sectors — health and education, where starting with 2014 we provided salary increases, as we have committed,” the Labour Minister then underlined.