PNL tables simple motion against Labour Minister: Hikes promised in the governance programme are in fact cuts

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The National Liberal Party (PNL) will table a simple motion against Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu (photo), accusing it of lying in what concerns the salary hikes.

“We talked about the tabling of a simple motion against Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu. The reasons are obvious. The private sector, those derogations to the law on social dialogue, included in Ordinance no.82, which tried to force the private sector to hike the gross salaries so that the net salaries would remain unchanged. The lack of predictability, the lack of coherence in what concerns the Fiscal Code, but also the hikes that were no longer hikes in the public sector, all these have prompted us to take this decision,” PNL House lawmaker Mara Calista stated on Monday.

She explained that all categories of public sector employees will register salary drops, against the backdrop in which no impact study was carried out on transferring the payment of social contributions from the employer to the employee.

“This gimmick – transferring the payment of social contributions from the obligation of the employer to that of the employee – has served only to throw even more into confusion the Romanian salary and fiscal system. All categories will register drops, because nobody carried out an impact study on what the transfer of contributions means. Those hikes promised in the governance programme and endorsed with great responsibility by Lia Olguta Vasilescu and Liviu Dragnea are in fact only cuts. The entire governance programme was built on a whopping lie,” Calista emphasised.