The 25% axe in public sector salary and 15% cut in pensions are going to come into force starting July, so that the reduced incomes will be delivered staring with August, Romanian Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu, quoted by Romanian news agency Mediafax. Vladescu told reporters from Antena 3 TV channel that "minimum 100,000" more staff working in the public sector need to be dismissed, so that the other employees of the sector could enjoy decent salaries.
Talking about the moment when the pensions and salaries in the Romanian public sector will be reduced, the Finance minister said: "Incomes in June are not affected. The cut begins in July, to be paid in August".
The law draft addressing the cut in salaries and pensions initially entailed that cuts will be operated starting with June. Later, following the parliamentary debates, the normative act was modified. The decision ruled that the cuts will be enforceable from the date the law comes into force. The Government, headed by PM Emil Boc, survived a censorship motion on Tuesday, June 15, submitted by PSD and PNL, which means that the announced austerity measures will be implemented immediately after being published in the Official Gazette.
On the other hand, Sebastian Vladescu declared, quoted by Romanian news agency Agerpres, that at least 100,000 public sector employees should be sacked, so that those escaping redundancy could have decent salaries.
Minister Vladescu noted that the intention letter to the International Monetary Fund sees that the number of people working in the public sector is reduced by 70,000, from 1,360,000 to 1,290,000 in 2011.