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Dragnea: Uniform pay draft law will be signed at PSD’s CExN on Thursday

The draft law on the uniform pay will be signed on Thursday at the Social Democratic Party’s (PSD) National Executive Council (CExN) meeting, which will take place in Sinaia, party chairman Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday.

He pointed out that this draft is currently completed, and the law will be signed as a parliamentary initiative, the debate on it going to take place in Parliament.

“On Thursday, we’ll sign the law, as parliamentary initiative. The Prime Minister and Mrs Labour Minister told me and Mr Tariceanu that the best option is to turn it into a parliamentary initiative, not in a gov’t legislative initiative, in order to save time. (…) Today, the draft of the uniform pay law is ready. On Thursday, or even tomorrow, the Labour Minister will go to Parliament to start collecting the signatures, for those who want to be co-initiators to this law, and on Thursday it will be signed by the coalition leaders and parliamentarians. I invite [Senate] President Tariceanu on Thursday to come to Sinaia to sign this draft law together,” Dragnea told Antena 3 private television broadcaster.

According to him, all interested Romanians will see, in the debate interval, “all the anomalies in the current public pay system of Romania.”

“Everything started from Law 284, the uniform pay law […] and social categories of the public system got their wages increased. The situation was reached in which an accountant at a ministry has a higher wage than the same accountant at a different ministry, with the same experience and duties,” the PSD leader maintained.

He pointed out that two institutions make an exception to the draft law – the National Bank of Romania (BNR) and the Financial Oversight Authority (ASF), a principle about which “the European Commission said it was all right.”

“Also discussed is the salary ratio – between the lowest and the highest salary in Romania. Not it is 1 to 15. The social partners have been long asking for 1 to 13. We decided it at 1 to 12. Namely 1 means the minimum wage per economy, 12 means Romania’s President’s salary. If we discuss on the principle of the most legitimate man in the country – be that Klaus Iohannis today, be that Radu Tudor tomorrow, he must have the highest wage. This is what hierarchisation means. […] This is what legitimation means. […] After the president, comes the prime minister, the Senate president, the Chamber speaker and the ICCJ [Supreme Court] president. The ICCJ president’s salary today is high. […] There is another discussion – ministers are placed on the same level with parliamentarians,” Liviu Dragnea detailed, and mentioned that 1 represents 1,420 lei.

Risking to be “unpopular”, the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker showed that the debated indices for parliament members are 7, 6, and even 5.

At the end of the PSD governance, he mentioned, the minimum wage per economy will be 1,750 lei.

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