Dnipropetrovsk, August 11 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Vice Premier, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Sergiy Tigipko does not rule out that the wages of civil servants could rise by 26% in September.
“I am very concerned about the wages of my colleagues who are engaged in social work in the regions. If we want to have quality public services, we have to pay. It is one of the biggest problems for me,” he said, asked by an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent at a press conference in Dnipropetrovsk.
According to him, the attempt to raise wages will be made in September “through changes to the budget.”
He also noted that the first attempt to raise the wages of civil servants was made in April this year.
“That time the budget foresaw UAH 300 million for this purpose and it was enough to raise wages by 26%. But it turned out that the funds were used to compensate under-funding, which was not planned in the beginning of the year. We want to get at least this 26%. But this does not negate the fact that we need to make an increase by at least 50% in 2013,” he said.
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