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Prime Minister Golob: No more salaries below the minimum in the public sector

Prime Minister Dr Robert Golob hosted the fourth meeting of coalition deputies and the government team at Brdo pri Kranju. The coalition continued the discussion of the Government’s priority tasks and starting points for this year’s reforms. The meeting focused on the reform of the public sector salary system and the housing policy. The two objectives are that no salaries in the public sector are to be below the minimum wage and the housing stock should be more affordable for all social groups.

"The public sector salary system will be reformed in several steps," the Prime Minister underlined after the meeting. One of the steps will include negotiations with social partners on the current payment ratios, which will serve as the bases for other measures within the reform. Golob announced that the bottom section of the salary scale will be addressed first, "It is unacceptable that there are salary grades below the minimum wage."

The second part of the reform deals with the ratio between the lowest and highest salaries in the public sector. Considering the proposals received in recent weeks, this ratio should be one to seven. The Prime Minister also explained that the Government would seek a common basis on which to harmonise salaries, pensions and social transfers, as this is currently non-existent. "Each has their own legal basis, which is why insufficiencies in minimum wage occur, problems in social transfers and similar. This part of harmonisation is crucial since we do not wish to return every year to the questions on whether the system is still uniform," he highlighted.

The Government will seek solutions for the public sector pay reform in several salary pillars and by means of sectoral agreements. "With these, we will try to achieve at least partial autonomy of the sectors, that is, how an individual sector should arrange salary ratios within the pillar," the Prime Minister added. The Government thus wishes to render part of the responsibility for arranging mutual relations to social partners.

The coalition deputies and the government team are unanimous that decisive action must be taken relating to the housing policy. The public sector or the public housing funds must become the main holder. "We want to outline such a framework of the housing policy that will enable state-owned land within the SSH, and individual cooperatives and others to become involved in building," Dr Golob concluded. The objective of the reform is for the entire housing stock to become affordable to all groups and the state is prepared to invest public funds to achieve this. By the end of the term, a long-term sustainable system could be established that would enable the construction of 3,000 public housing units a year.

At their next meeting, the government team and the coalition deputies will discuss starting points for the tax and school reforms. These will be addressed in the same manner: understand the analysis of the situation, determine priorities and set the timeline.