Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Romanian PM opposes big raise for teachers

Wednesday October 1

Proposed 50 percent raise for teachers sets off political debate in Romania BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's prime minister has criticized 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 generally poor 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 euros; $350).

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