Minimum wage to be reference element for single pay low

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The Labour Ministry is concerned with maintaining the minimum wage per economy as the reference element for the single pay law, while renouncing this reference would mean reducing the power of the reform of the law by 50 percent, Labour Minister Marian Sarbu on Tuesday stated, after the meeting with the representatives of the trade unions.

„We are concerned with maintaining the minimum wage per economy as the reference element for the single pay law. Renouncing this reference element would lead to a diminishing of the power of the reform of the law, by some 50 percent. First of all, we will discuss on the financial power to support the law only after we establish a pay hierarchy.

We will come afterwards with annual laws, in compliance with the Code,” Sarbu said.
Moreover, the Labour Minister mentioned during the discussions with the representatives of the trade unions that he tried to present them the social effects of the single pay.

With regards to the letter sent by the Romanian authorities to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the official stated that it said nothing about the layoffs in the budget sector.

„The letter is about a restructuring of the wage expenditure. The IMF letter re-validates the Labour Ministry’s viewpoints.

The need of the single pay law is maintained, the same as the reform of the pension system, the increase in the pension point by two points and the increase in the minimum social pension,” Sarbu said.

Referring to the decision taken by of the authorities to send the budget employees on unpaid holidays of ten working days, the Labour Minister specified: „This is a subject that needs talks with the trade unions first. There will be a social dialogue to focus efficiency and not layoffs.”

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