Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu stated on Wednesday that the Uniform Pay bill seeks to make the president’s salary the highest, but there are nevertheless categories such as judges and prosecutors that will receive certain bonuses and will thus be able to have incomes higher than the president’s.
“The president’s mainstay salary will be the highest in the public sector. Of course, there are others who will add bonuses and their incomes will surpass the president’s. But I want to say that this is the case at this moment too. We haven’t passed very high hikes for prosecutors and judges. That’s what their salaries are at this moment,” the minister said.
Olguta Vasilescu pointed out that “the prosecutors’ and judges’ salaries are sufficient” and that she believes “no other concessions can still be made” to hike their incomes.
“We wanted no salary surpassing the president’s salary, and none does; but as far as incomes go, there will be public sector employees that will surpass the Romanian President’s income, just as they do now. The only option would have been to cut salaries,” Lia Olguta Vasilescu concluded.
According to the Uniform Pay bill, the salary hikes stipulated for the judiciary will be more consistent for magistrates holding leadership positions, the hikes being proportional to the magistrate’s position in the hierarchy. Thus, the president of the supreme court and the prosecutor general will register a salary hike of 13 percent, while a chief of office prosecutor’s salary will be hiked by just 2 percent.
The salaries of the President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) and of the Prosecutor General will grow by 13 percent, while the salaries of the chief prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), of the Vice President of the ICCJ and of the First Deputy Prosecutor General will grow by 11.5 percent. The salaries of the president, general prosecutors and first prosecutors of the courts of appeals, tribunals, bars and prosecutor’s offices attached to them will grow by 10 percent.
The advisers of the Prosecutor General, of the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA and of the Chief Prosecutor of DIICOT will register a salary hike of 9 percent.
A salary hike of 8 percent will be registered by the chief of section prosecutors, chief of section prosecutors within the National Anticorruption Directorate and the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism. Their deputies will register a salary hike of just 5 percent. Prosecutors who are chiefs of service and of office will register a 3 percent and a 2 percent hike respectively.
When it comes to bonuses, judiciary employees can benefit from a bonus of up to 15 percent of their mainstay salary or from a monthly grading indemnity. Magistrates, as well as some of the auxiliary staff, benefit from a risk bonus and a neuro-mental exhaustion bonus of up to 25 percent and from a confidentiality bonus of 5 percent.
Turcan: Uniform Pay bill postponed till kingdom come
National Liberal Party (PNL) Interim President Raluca Turcan accuses the parliamentary majority of resorting to “diversions” in what concerns the Uniform Pay bill.
“We find out from Social Democrats that they’ve postponed it till kingdom come. The Government is in complete disarray. It couldn’t have been otherwise. The recipe that Liviu Dragnea imposed on the Grindeanu Government is a recipe for disaster: gigantic promises, unlimited spending, nosediving revenues and investments. Even they realised that they have no horn of plenty to pour over the public sector as they bragged. That is why they are tossing the responsibility for this law from one to the other, that is why they contradict each other and they trample the promises they started off from. Last but not least, a public sector standard salary scales law should be based on a clear set of criteria, values and principles nobody heard Liviu Dragnea, Sorin Grindeanu and Olguta Vasilescu talking about. They didn’t do it because they have no clue. Confronted with its own lies and failures, the PSD-ALDE majority is launching series of diversions,” Turcan wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
She gave as examples the household tax and the commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009.
“The Firecracker Government has thrown the household tax smoke bomb. Shortly afterward, PSD-ALDE took out of the magic hat a parliamentary commission that will investigate the result of the 2009 presidential elections. Paradoxically, under the coordination of someone who actually received a final conviction in an electoral fraud case. Let’s recall: they did it once before, also in Parliament. To draw attention away from the deceitful and unprofessional construction of the 2017 draft budget (at a time when they were very likely busy preparing their blows against the judiciary), Liviu Dragnea came up with the diversion about the “large budget shortfall” that the previous Government had allegedly bequeathed. They set up a parliamentary commission, there were hearings. Waste of time, a mockery, much ado about nothing. Does anyone know the results of this commission’s inquiry? They buried the case because they had nothing to investigate except their own lies. It’s just that governing through media firecrackers can’t cover up everything all the time,” the PNL leader pointed out.
Raluca Turcan emphasises that PNL “will use all the weapons of parliamentary democracy” for Liviu Dragnea, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Sorin Grindeanu “to answer before Romanians why they’re not doing what they promised in the campaign, why the governance is faring ever more badly, why investments are not seen and the country’s money, ever fewer, is squandered.”