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Estonian government agrees public sector wage hikes in 2023 state budget – Baltic News Network

All three coalition parties have agreed that public sector wages should rise significantly next year, despite rising inflation, an Estonian broadcaster has been told. error.

Finance Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus told Aktuaalne kaamera: Growth equates to a very large cost entry in terms of budget.»

The state budget is due to be approved by the Cabinet in the last week of September, after which it will be sent to the Estonian parliament according to standard procedures.

Education Minister Tonis Lucas said his goal in the next few years was to raise salaries for educators to the same level as other professionals with a master’s degree, i.e. €2,000, but this target still far away. .

He said the requested pay increases for next year would be similar to those discussed in the spring, implying a 15% raise, but there was no hyperinflation at the time.

Lukas was optimistic about finding funding for the areas under his responsibility.

Interior Minister Lauri Läänemets told Aktuaalne kaamera:Next year this means a raise of several hundred euros [per month] for these people. »

The Ministry of Läänemets is requesting €60 million for this purpose.

Meanwhile, the finance minister acknowledged that salaries for workers in education, culture, social and emergency services have been delayed for some time and wage increases are planned.

Pentas Rosimannus added that these wage increases are one of the main focuses of budget negotiations, next to defense spending.

All of this will require a budget deficit at the state level, which will be around 3.5% in 2023, she said.

https://bnn-news.com/estonian-government-agreed-on-public-sector-wage-rises-in-2023-state-budget-237866 Estonian government agrees public sector wage hikes in 2023 state budget – Baltic News Network

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