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Politologist: wages in state administration should be increased for long-term growth

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe National Alliance’s proposal to freeze wages of Saeima deputies, which the parliament declined on 1 October, is populist. In addition, increasing wages of the political elite and high-rank officials would benefit the country’s economic development in a long-term perspective, believes politologist Iveta Kazoka.

«The fact that this proposal was declined is not the problem. The problem is the fact that such a matter was even submitted to the Saeima in the first place,» – said Kazoka. She believes those who submitted the proposal may have had a populist motive.

Looking at experience of other countries, it becomes clear that economically developed countries have strong state administrations, which is something achieved with appropriate remuneration, believes the politologist.

Kazoka agrees that it would do good to review the law in regards to wages of state and municipal officials and ensure an increase of wages. The expert says remuneration in state administration is currently tied to inadequate indexes. As a result of this, ministers and high-rank officials are paid less.

«If Latvia needed strong political elite, the law would get amended. Many experts have mentioned this necessity over the years. The frequent change in workers of the government sector can be explained with low remuneration,» – explains the politologist.

On Thursday, 1 October, the Saeima declined NA’s proposal to add amendments to the law in order to keep Saeima deputies’ salaries on the same level next year.

The proposal was supported by 24 deputies from NA, LRA and To Latvia from the Heart. 12 deputies, including representatives from Unity, Ringolds Balodis, Valters Dambe and Ilmars Latkovskis voted against. Another 26 parliamentarians from Unity and Union of Greens and Farmers abstained from the vote. 22 deputies – Harmony and Veiko Spolitis – all abstained from the vote.

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  1. robits li says:

    in my opinion wages should be cut due to the pathetic action of the so called leaders who seem to be as pigs in a money trough

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  2. Andris says:

    The issue seems to be one of better quality service levels across all of Latvia. To achieve that, one strategy may be to further develop the capacity of Latvian NGOs to deliver services and therefore as a first step establish funding for such services, quality benchmarks and wages parity. Such a strategy has shown to be more cost effective in developed and developing countries – for a large number of reasons.

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