The crisis for someone's mother, for someone's stepfather - the salaries of Austrian politicians are increasing due to inflation

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Alexander Schollenberg / Photo EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

In Austria, due to the high rate of inflation, politicians' salaries are increasing, while employees in various economic branches are still negotiating a new collective agreement, that is, an increase in salaries, the world media reports.

The auditing institution forwarded to the Government the plan for "correction of salaries", that is, the percentage by which the salaries of state officials will be increased from January 1 of the following year. The inflation from July 2021 to June this year, which is 5,3 percent, was taken as a basis. This will significantly increase the income of, for example, the president of Austria by 1.344 euros per month, to 26.701 euros gross monthly income.

The chancellor's salary will be increased by 1.200 euros, ie to 23.840 euros. At the same time, MPs' salaries will be higher by 497 euros and they will amount to 9.800 euros on average. The salary increase comes into effect automatically, unless the parliament decides not to adjust politicians' salaries to the rate of inflation. While the ruling parties People's Party (OVP), the Social Democratic Party (SPO) and the Freedom Party (FPO) demand a decision not to apply that is to say that there should be no automatic salary adjustment due to inflation in the country.

The leader of the FPO, Herbert Kickl, even asked to reduce the salaries of the members of the government, but also of the opposition, due to the bad management of the policy, from the closure due to the pandemic to the sanctions against Russia.

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