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Ukrainian MPs voted against their wage increase
17:12, 1 November 2016
Ukrainian MPs voted against their wage increase

They also call the Cabinet of Ministers to cancel the decision on 2.5-fold wage increase for the President, Prime-Minister and Ministers

17:12, 1 November 2016

The Verkhovna Rada

264 Ukrainian People’s Deputies supported the draft #5323 cancelling their wage increase starting from today. The 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcast of the parliamentary session is available online.

In addition a number of MPs spoke for the new amendment to the draft and called the Cabinet of Ministers to cancel their decision on twofold wage increase for ministers and the Prime Minister. However the Verkhovna Rada speaker Andriy Parubiy denied to put this amendment to vote today and suggested the MPs to register the respective draft first.

Related: Ukrainian Parliament passes draft law of 2017 state budget in first reading

Earlier, Andriy Parubiy together with the Head of the budgetary committee Andriy Pavelko and the heads of all deputy factions and groups except Batkivshchyna registered a draft law to exclude articles introducing wage increase for the MPs from the decision #5000-P on the conclusions and amendments to the draft law on the budget of Ukraine for 2017. But at the same time Parubiy signed a resolution on wage increase calling it legal nuances.

Related: Budget-2017: Ukrainian Government to raise minimum wages

Earlier the same day the deputies made a deal that the Verkhovna Rada considers cancelling wage increase for the MPs on November 1. Thus the fixed official salary of the Speaker was supposed to go up to 30 minimum wages, which makes 1.7 thousand dollars, and the salary of an average MP – 25 minimum wages, making 1.4 thousand dollars.

Many MPs state that they were not aware of the item in the resolution adopted, thus they spoke against wage increase and demanded to cancel the decision.

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