Someone has to pay for the officials' salaries!

Vesna Damcevska
Vesna Damcevska. / Photo: Free Press

If work does not start in every field, including normal legislation and its normal application in this country, only MPs and ministers will remain, so let them cut coefficients for their salaries, only if there is something to collect them from. Because the budget is also empty, or rather, it is difficult to fill it.

Repeal of an article from the law, which should cause a significant increase in the salaries of all appointed officials, which means - the president of the state, the prime minister, the ministers and a bunch of other "statesmen", once again showed that contradictory laws are passed in our country , without thinking. Realistically, they are not to blame for this increase, which the appointed officials should have by law. Of course, it is abnormal at this time, or at any other time, to suddenly have a salary increase of 78 percent, which at least according to the Government's announcements, this will not happen.

But what actually happened? How did it come about that there should be an increase in official salaries by 78 percent? Imagine that in one article of the legislation there is a fixed amount from which all calculations of officials' salaries start, and it amounts to 26.775 denars, and in another article it is written that that starting amount for the calculations is actually the republican average of salaries in the previous year. Someone should get a fat unit for laws like this.

Since this type of regulation is abnormal - there was someone who asked the Constitutional Court to tell what to do. And the Constitutional Court abolished the lump sum amount and explained: "The legislator made the changes to the basic law by introducing independent provisions in the laws for amending and supplementing the basic law, without intervening in the basic provision of Article 11 of the Law, which regulates the manner of calculation of the basis that reads – The basis for calculating the salary is the average paid monthly salary per employee in the Republic for the previous year, according to the data of the State Statistics Office. This provision with this content still exists in the legal order, because since 2008 (when the word "net" was deleted), it has not been changed.

Since this decision produces a legal effect from the day of its publication in the "Official Gazette", now the remedy, as the Government has said, is to change the coefficients for salary calculation. If they are reduced, and this basis, which is actually the average salary in the country for last year, is multiplied with them, the increase will not be up to 78 percent. But how much will it be? The "difficult" decision for weighing the values ​​has yet to be made: who is worth how many times more than the ordinary citizen and that with an average salary, which is not so common in our everyday life.

Speaking of salaries, let's recall some other laws that created chaos. Article 2 of the Minimum Wage Law states that the minimum wage is the lowest monthly amount of basic salary that the employer is obliged to pay to the employee for full-time work, but there are wages lower than the minimum in the public sector. If someone breaks the law, he should be held accountable. Here, the state as an employer violates the Minimum Wage Law. However, if he does not violate it, he will violate the Law on Administrative Officers, that is, all those scoring and calculation methods established by regulation which, when applied as a final result, have lower wages than the minimum established by the Law on Minimum Wages.

This is another huge omission when the overall regulation was being built. Now we persistently hear that a new quality solution will be obtained, a quality regulation for salaries in the public sector, but something always becomes more important than that. That's why it happened for years in state and public institutions that there were workers paid below the minimum wage. Someone should be held accountable for that.

Why haven't the laws been changed? Why was there no reaction? Why does the Legislature serve? Why are the competent ministries that can issue draft laws. Why are the MPs? And they can submit a proposal for changes to the law and vote conscientiously, instead of putting on a show in the parliamentary speakers, as they often know.

The matter is more than serious. Public sector ratings are not at an enviable level, but so is corruption. Of course, and nepotism. And shamelessness and honor. Macedonia is empty. It should be a disastrous result for every single politician and every single government. If work does not start in every field, including "normal" legislation and its "normal" application, only MPs and ministers will remain in the country, so let them cut coefficients for their salaries, only if there is something to do with it. they charge themselves. Because the budget is also empty, or rather, it is difficult to fill it.

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