EDUCATION SOCIAL & HEALTH

Teachers’ salaries to rise on December 1

Teachers’ salaries will rise by 15 per cent on December 1. All education sector employees will benefit from this pay rise, Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu announced after his negotiations with trade unions on Monday.
“Overall, 304,000 persons will benefit from this 15 per cent salary hike, which follows the 10 per cent and 12 per cent hikes implemented before. Basically, salary hikes of 10 per cent and 5 per cent, initially scheduled for 2016, have been offered this year, in line with the trade unions’ request,” the Education Minister added.
“The blanket public sector salary law includes the term blanket. So the salary hikes will take place in the Health and Education sectors just like for all other public sector areas, irrespective of these hikes,” he added.
Teachers have previously benefitted from two salary hikes this year – 5 per cent each in March and September.
All education sector employees will benefit from this hike. According to the Finance Ministry’s website, the financial effort will total RON 1.7 bln per year.
Premier Victor Ponta stated on Monday that the Government’s offer to Education trade unions is a salary hike of 15 per cent on December 1.
“The good news is that we can – and this is our offer – take into account the principle I mentioned and which is very fair: Health and Education should go together, there should no longer be salary hike differences between them. For 304,000 Education sector employees we should adopt another 15 per cent on December 1,” Ponta said at the Palace of Parliament.
The Premier explained that the salary hike will total 25 per cent for teachers in 2015, the same percentage received by Health sector employees.
“They have already received 10 per cent in line with the agreement and, basically, the teachers will receive 25 per cent just like the medical doctors did, and they are the first to benefit from these salary hikes. After which we hope for the framework law next, which should include these hikes. From a budgetary point of view this is sustainable,” Ponta stated, pointing out that the measure will be adopted through an emergency ordinance.
Simion Hancescu, President of the Education Sector Federation of Free Trade Unions (FSLI), stated that a debutant teacher’s salary will rise by RON 200.
“At this moment a debutant teacher has a gross salary of RON 1,380. After the extra 15 per cent hike this year the gross salary will reach RON 1,580 on December 1,” Hancescu explained.
However, even after this hike the Romanian teachers’ salaries will be among the lowest at European level.
“I’m saying it from the start that we remain at the bottom of the rankings. Even with 15 per cent the hike will be insignificant,” Spiru Haret Federation President Marius Nistor stated for ProTV.
Switzerland’s UBS Bank has analyzed the salaries earned in various European cities by teachers with 10 years’ experience. In Bucharest the average gross salary totals USD 5,400 per year. Higher than the level registered in Kiev and Sofia, but far below the salary earned by a teacher with similar experience in Budapest, Prague or Bratislava. And 5-6 times less than the salary of a teacher in Rome, Paris and London.

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