PM says he's against raising basic salary amount in public sector

Saulius Skvernelis

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday that he is against raising the basic amount used for calculating salaries for public servants, statutory officers and politicians.

According to Skvernelis, a public service reform that is currently being debated by the Seimas provides for a motivation system that will allow increasing public-sector wages in a more efficient way.

The government in early June tabled a draft law that calls for increasing the basic salary amount to 170.79 euros in 2019, up from the current 132.5 euros.

However, the proposed amount would not increase the net pay for public sector workers if the parliament approved another proposal from the Cabinet, which calls for transferring the entire labor-related tax burden to employees.

"If we want to approve the same pay rise for all in the state apparatus, not all of which is working efficinently, then the government is of a different opinion," Skvernelis told reporters on Monday.

He said that the planned public service reform would allow "institutions to work efficiently and to pay individual salaries to motivate their employees", rather than approving the same pay rise for all.

Public-sector salaries are calculated by multiplying the basic amount, which is set by the parliament annually, by a certain coefficient established by law.

Source: BNS
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