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Murniece calls to keep deputies’ salaries at current level

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSalaries of Saeima deputies and people working in state administration should be kept on the current level by effectively freezing the coefficient for their calculation, as reported by lsm.lv with reference to Saeima Speaker Inara Murniece.

«It is a matter of conscience and moral nature – whether or not we can raise wages in the current situation. My conscience does not allow me to do this,» – said Murniece in her interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV. Her proposal is to freeze the coefficient used to calculate deputies’ wages and thereby keep salaries at their current level.

The Prime Minister and her team, on the other hand, should consider raising wages, said the parliamentary speaker. She did add, however, that it is more important to raise wages of people with small wages and provide more support in favour of increasing minimum wages.

Murniece also admits the deputies all have a different approach to their work: some work long hours and other only appear in the Saeima a couple of times a week.

The parliamentary speaker added that the matter regarding wages will be submitted to the Saeima once the state budget has been properly assessed. Deputies will be able to submit their proposals and vote either in favour or against this initiative. She believes it is a matter of morality.

Next year, it is planned to increase wages of Saeima deputies by EUR 157, parliamentary secretaries – by EUR 139, ministers – by EUR 179 and Prime Minister – by EUR 198. No changes in wages are planned for hospital personnel and nurses.

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