Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Monday that she does not think that the controversial uniform pubic pay law is problematic, because the elements underlying its drafting have been met.
“I believe that the four elements underlying the pay law have been met. I mean here equal pay for equal work. And I think the labour minister has mentioned the example of counselors employed by the ministry who would draw 18,000 lei in monthly pay, while a similar counselor doing the same work would net 4,000 lei. (…) It is a European principle that we should have equal pay for equal work. Second: think about strategic branches, strategic areas such as healthcare and education where there is an increase in pay, and the fact that the differences between the smallest and the highest public pay is cut down from 1 to 15 to 1 to 12. And then there is also a very fair principle: sustainability .What is provided for in the pay law, we have to be able to sustain financially. There have been some problems, as you have seen: as early as the first government meeting there were ordinances regulating areas where malfunctions had occurred. More will come as there is an emergency ordinance for the next meeting regulating allowances for moms, and regulating medical leave; where there are deficiencies, we will settle them,” Dancila said after a meeting of the General Assembly of the Association of Romania’s Communes.
She added that she spoke with the minister of education about teacher’s pay.
“The money for the wages was sent locally on January 31, 90 percent of that wages are paid, 10 percent delayed a little, because ordinance 3 had to be taken into account, which provided for the dues on part-time employment to be paid in a certain way.”
Regarding the protests announced by the teachers’ trade unions this week, Dancila said: “We need to see what they are asking for, what is real of what they are asking for. I am a person of dialogue, I’ll see what the problems are.”
The Federation of Teachers’ Free Trade Unions (FSLI) will be picketing Labour Ministry on Wednesday and Thursday for two hours, amid the discontent of education employees who claimed significant income losses after the new uniform public pay legislation came into force early this year.
According to a press statement released by FSLI, the picketing is scheduled Wednesday between 13:00 to 15:00 and Thursday between 10:00 to 14:00.
Dancila, central bank Governor Isarescu to discuss rising inflation: We can keep things under control
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Monday that in the period immediately ahead she will meet Governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) Mugur Isarescu to discuss inflation.
“We will discuss inflation as well. As you know, the budgetary and tax policy is the government’s to design, while the monetary policy is linked to the National Bank. So I think we can keep things under control … I will have a discussion with the governor,” Dancila said upon leaving the venue of a general assembly of the Association of Romania’s Communes asked by journalists whether or not she is worried January inflation was 4.3 percent.