The rally attended on Tuesday by approximately one thousand local public administration employees, ended; the demonstrators said they want to organize a new protest in front of Parliament on June 6. They are dissatisfied with the draft of the Pay Law, saying that local public administration employees are the only employees remunerated from the state budget who don’t have a salary grid, the basic salary being set by local administration decisions, which breaches the Constitution, and that they rely on the Ombudsman, the Head of State and the opposition parliamentarians to support them through approaches in front of the Constitutional Court.
The protest was attended by more than one thousand employees of the county city halls and councils, members of the National Trade Union of Public Servants (SNFP), SED LEX – local branches, PRO LEX, Forta Legii, both from Bucharest and the country.
The protesters had placards with messages like “We’re not like you”, “Unitary and Real Payroll Grid”, “The Pay Law should be one for all” and flags with the names of the trade unions to which they belong.
They whistled, they blew in vuvuzelas and chanted “Thieves” and “Resignation”. Protesters also brought speakers from which the National Anthem and patriotic songs could be heard.
The demonstrators are asking the Labor Committee of the Deputies’ Chamber, which is the decisional body, to adopt and support the amendments proposed by the trade unions, which forwarded the draft f the payroll grids to the Parliament.
“We, those in the occupational family of the administration, specifically those from the local public administration, are the only budgetary employees without a payroll grid. Actually, we haven’t heard anywhere in the world for a budgetary employee not to have a payroll grid. All the other occupational families have a payroll grid. The lack of the payroll grid violates the Constitution, it violates the EU directives, it even violates the law principles and doesn’t ensure the predictability of the salary rights. The decision totally belongs to the politicians. Certain mayors were saying that they have money and they want to give more money. We made an amendment by which we provided that these salaries should be regulated in the Local Council, as they want, but the minimum should be the one provided by the payroll grid, to ensure predictability to the people. Since I saw the politicians’ determination, I am sure that the draft law will be approved as the PSD parliamentarians wish. Our chance relies on the Ombudsman, on the approaches of the Romanian President and on the opposition parliamentarians who want to support us by their approaches made in front of the CCR” stated Vasile Lincu, the Pro Lex President, for News.ro.
Deputies in the Labor Committee adopted an amendment to the draft Pay Law, providing that the monthly salaries of the public servants in the county, local and public services subordinated to them are established by decisions of the local, county councils or of CGMB (General Council of the Bucharest Municipality – e.n.) “after the consultation of the representative trade unions or of the employees’ representatives”.
“The monthly salaries of the public servants and the contractual staff working in the ‘Administration’ occupational family of the county councils, city halls and local councils, and in the public services subordinated to them, will be established by the decision of the local council, county council or of CGMB, after the consultation of the representative trade unions or of the employees’ representatives, as the case may be”, provides the amendment adopted by the deputies in the Labor Committee.
The Labor Minister, Lia Olguta Vasilescu, announced that the draft of the Unitary Pay Law doesn’t provide the amount of the salaries in the local public administration, establishing only a grid which sets the relation between the salaries, mentioning that no employee in the local administration cannot have a higher salary than the allowance received by the Deputy Mayor.
The grid that was announced for the local public administration starts from the minimum salary in the economy, and it may increase up to a maximum given by the allowance of the deputy mayor of the locality in question.
She explained that, following the discussions with the local representatives, they reached the conclusion that the mayoralties in the small localities will not be able to ensure the payment of the salaries that were originally considered, since their incomes barely allow them to pay the salaries and utilities at the current level.
According to the new grid, the salary increases in the local public administration can be made starting with 2018.