Gov’t to economise 0.3pc of GDP by sending public employees on unpaid leave

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All the public employees will have their work hours reduced by ten days September-November, which will effect a reduction in Government spending by RON 1.5 billion, or 0.3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea said on Tuesday.

The public employees can choose between ten days of unpaid leave and a reduction in the work hours from eight to six.

‘We have decided to take some measures for the public sector, such as halting business, awarding ten days of unpaid leave or reducing the work hours from eight to six hours.
It can be a combination thereof, according to the specifics of each public activity.

If ten days of unpaid leave are awarded, the Government would economise 0.3 percent of the GDP,’ said Pogea.
He also said that long hours will not be paid, but they will be offset by free time in lieu, and that pay bonuses have been cancelled.
‘These measures are taken to contain the Government deficit and weather the crisis,’ said Pogea.

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