Public sector wage rights won in court to be paid in 2016

Public sector workers will recover their salary cuts only in 2016, after the Chamber of Deputies yesterday gave a final vote on a government ordinance putting off the payment of the incomes, ordered by courts of justice, for four more years. The project was approved with 143 votes in favour, 108 against and four abstentions, according to Realitatea.net. The document refers to salary rights won in court by public sector workers after their salaries were cut by 25 per cent and all other bonuses were eliminated.

After the vote, the opposition Social-Democrat Party announced that they would challenge the provisions to the Constitutional Court.

The head of the PSD group in the Chamber of Deputies, Mircea Dusa, underlined that the government’s ordinance goes against provisions of the Constitution, Labour Code and previous Constitutional Court rulings. “The project provides payment in instalments to public sector workers who obtained final court rulings. The General Prosecutor of Romania also believes the project is against the law,” Dusa said, according to Mediafax.

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