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PM Dancila: Government maintains holiday vouchers to public system employees. Gross minimum wage rise as of Jan. 1, 2019, wage and pension growth as outlined

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Friday that the Government has decided to maintain in 2019 and 2020 the holiday vouchers worth 1,450 lei for employees in the public sector.

“Through today’s decision, we carry on with a measure that has contributed to the development of Romanian tourism. We will grant holiday vouchers worth 1,450 lei to public system employees for the next two years, 2019 and 2020, as well. More than 1,200,000 people have received vacation vouchers this year, which they used in accommodation units in Romania,” PM Dancila said at the beginning of the Government sitting.

She pointed out that granting these vouchers has led to a 5 percent increase in the number of tourists until September.

“Moreover, as compared to last year, there is a 10 percent increase in requests for permits for accommodation units in Romania,” the premier added.

 

PM Dancila announces gross minimum wage rise as of Jan. 1, 2019, wage and pension growth as outlined

 

The government is set to adopt at today’s sitting the decision on the rise, beginning January 1, 2019, of the gross minimum wage to 2,080 lei and 2,350 lei, respectively, for higher education employees; Premier Viorica Dancila assured that wages and pensions will continue to grow as outlined by the law.

“We are discussing at the sitting today the Government Resolution under which the gross minimum wage will rise to 2,080 lei, and 2,350 lei respectively, for employees with higher education and one year length of service. This resolution will come into force on January 1, 2019. We adopt this act having in view the ordinance amending the Labor Code that introduces the notion of differentiated minimum wage. The increase of the national minimum guaranteed gross wage to 2,080 lei represents an increase of 9.47 percent, and the 2,350 lei for higher education employees with at least one year length of service represents an increase of 23.68 percent,” Dancila said at the beginning of the government sitting.

The PM added that the commitments to increase the population’s incomes are being duly fulfilled and that “public salaries will continue to rise according to the uniform pay law adopted by Parliament.”

The head of the government denied allegations circulated in media that salaries and pensions will be frozen next year.

“The design of next year’s budget envisages the increase of public wages and pensioners’ incomes as set out in the Pensions Law, in other words, not only that wages and pensions will not freeze, but they will increase. I say this because certain information emerged in the public space that can trigger uncertainty and I think it’s not right to cause concerns, to play with the feelings of the pensioners and of the employees and put out false information in the public space. I wanted to put an end to these ungrounded speculations,” Dancila explained.

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