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Poland backtracks on pay rise for MPs and ministers

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) has withdrawn its draft bill on across-the-board increases in salaries for senior state officials. The proposed legislation was scrapped following consultations, PiS MP Łukasz Schreiber said in parliament on Wednesday, adding that an alternative bill on the issue would soon be drafted.

According to the Rzeczpospolita daily, the withdrawn bill provided for an increase in compensation for the president, prime minister, deputy ministers, province governors and MPs. The legislation also introduced a salary for the First Lady, a new development in Poland, the paper reported.

The proposed law linked top managerial compensation in state administration with the country’s economic situation, which meant that an economic slowdown would affect the wallets of those in power.

Rzeczpospolita reported that civil servants’ income would have been correlated with a number of factors, such as the minimum and average pay in the country, GDP growth over a three-year period and the Gini coefficient, which measures income inequality.

Law and Justice justified its decision saying that a pay freeze for senior state officials has been in place since 2008.

The opposition opposed the bill.

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