Thursday, October 2, 2008

Romania PM Against Big Pay Rise for Teachers

02 October 2008
Bucharest _ Romania's Prime Minister has criticised parliament for trying to give the country's teachers a 50 percent raise.

But Romania's leader - President Traian Basescu - has not said whether he will sign into law the bill that Parliament passed this week granting the big raise.

Romania - which faces a national election next month - has economic growth forecast at 9 percent this year. But the country also has inflation running at about 8 percent.

Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu proposed a 9 percent pay raise for teachers in September. On Wednesday, he said 50 percent isn't economically viable.

Monthly salaries for Romanian teachers currently start at 900 lei (€245).

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