maltapolitics.com tikkundanna bl-aktar mod qawwi iz-zieda li l-Ministri u s-Segretarji Parlamentari taw lilhom infushom. Din ma kienetx xi zieda zghira imma meta qeghdin nitkelmu fuq 500 fil-gimgha qeghdin nitkelmu fuq ammont kbir ghal zewg ragunijiet:
- l-ewwel, din ic-cifra hija gholja ghall-pajjiz bhal
- It-tieni, din iz-zieda saret fi zmien ta krizi ekonomika li laqtet lil
maltapolitics.com tirraguna illi l-Ministri u s-Segretarji Parlamentari hadu din iz-zieda minghajr ma zdiedilhom ix-xoghol. Baqghu litteralment jaghmlu l-istess xoghol bhal qabel imma bdew jaqilghu 500 ohra fil-gimgha. Din mhux cajta, 500 ohra ma li diga kienu jaqilghu. Ma jigi hadd jiprova jdahhak li bis-salarji li diga kellhom ma kienux komdi. Ma ninsewx li minbarra s-salarju taghhom kellhom ukoll privileggi ohra marbuta max-xoghol taghhom.
Gonzi rraguna illi trid tifred ix-xoghol ministerjali mix-xoghol parlamentari. Argument zbaljat ghall-ahhar u nispjega ghaliex. Il-Membru Parlamentari elett ghandu dmirijiet parlamentari li jenhtiegu l-presenza tieghu/taghha fil-parlament u fkumitati ohra tal-kamra kif ukoll xoghol iehor konness mal-parlament. U bhala Membru Parlamentari l-MP ghandu/ghandha s-salarju tieghu/taghha. Issa, s-sistema Maltija hija tali li l-membri tal-Kabinett tal-Ministri iridu jkunu Membri Parlamentari u minhabba li bhala Ministru u Segretarju Parlamentari ix-xoghol naturalment se jizdied, allura dawn il-membri tal-Kabinett jinghataw salarju ghola
Dan ir-ragunament mhux biss ta maltapolitics.com. FJannar 1994, il-Prim Ministru ta dak iz-zmien Eddie Fenech Adami kien hareg Kodici ta Etika cari illi jelenkaw id-dmirijiet tal-Membri tal-Kabinett. Hawn taht tistghu taraw car daqs il-kristall id-doveri tal-Membri tal-Kabinett kif decizi fdawn il-kodici. Trid tkun wiccek tost bhal ta Lawrence Gonzi li tirraguna li ghandha tinghata zieda fenominali fis-salarju ghal xoghol li
We will say it again wrong. We are of course talking about the decision by the government to increase the salaries of MPs in an effort to cushion their return to a normal lifestyle once out of politics. What on earth is this government thinking? Backdated to 2008 to boot? At a time when families are scrimping and saving to celebrate Christmas, the government goes and announces that MPs are to get a whopping increase of about 600 per week. It is a case of political suicide; it really is.
The recent ministerial rises are exaggerated according to Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin general secretary Gejtu Vella. Speaking at a union activity and in comments to timesofmalta.com, Mr Vella said the union believed parliamentarians and ministers should have an adequate salary, but the way this increase had been given was not sensitive to the difficulties workers, pensioners and their families are going through right now. We would have expected this process to take place more responsibly, Mr Vella said, adding parliamentarians should lead by example. Asked if the pay was adequate, Mr Vella said in these circumstances, in the current circumstances, the raise is exaggerated and should not have been given at this stage. The general secretary said the greatest cause of concern to the union and its members right now was the international situation where demonstrations, general strikes and protests were taking place. Whatever happened abroad would affect
timesofmalta.com 16.12.2010 - 13:49CET
Ministers had been receiving an increase of almost 600 a week since the decision was taken in May 2008, behind our backs, according to Nationalist MP Jean-Pierre Farrugia. He told The Times yesterday it was very upsetting to learn in recent days that other MPs including backbenchers like himself had been receiving a lower honorarium than ministers for two and half years. In Parliament we are all meant to be the same, so this can never be acceptable... this is not on, he argued. Some parliamentary secretaries might not have realised they were being paid differently because they were new and had nothing to compare their salaries to. But others, who were in the Cabinet before, knew very well, he said, adding he was dumbfounded by such behaviour.
timesofmalta.com 13.1.2011 - 08:53CET
Nationalist MP Jean-Pierre Farrugia has called for resignations over the way increases were granted to ministers and MPs behind the publics back, calling it an unprecedented mess. Those who made this mess and this is a mess should shoulder responsibility. I dont know where the responsibility lies. I dont know whether the Prime Minister is directly responsible. I wouldnt drop it on his lap because he has enough responsibilities... But the people who advised him... I think heads must roll. Because this is unprecedented... You wont find it happening anywhere else, the backbencher said yesterday. He said former Labour Prime Minister Alfred Sant was frankly, bang on when he accused the government of ridiculing MPs and being in contempt of Parliament by the way the pay rises were granted and announced. Dr Farrugias comments come a day after he said ministers and parliamentary secretaries had been receiving their higher honoraria since the decision was taken in May 2008. On the other hand, the rise that was meant to be given to the other MPs had yet to be given to them. He said the issue had upset him because all MPs were meant to be treated equally. The government has explained that while MPs got their salaries from Parliament, ministers were paid by their ministries, so, in their case, the changes could be made straightaway. When contacted, Dr Sant said Dr Farrugias revelation further strengthened his argument about contempt of Parliament, which he raised in Parliament last week and will follow up with the Speaker next week. He said if ministers were allowed to keep their honoraria they should have been paid by Parliament not by their ministries; otherwise this was just a separate pay rise. Neither was Dr Farrugia happy with the governments explanation, saying: It doesnt make a difference which department is paying. MPs should receive the same salary. So it was definitely wrong to have ministers and parliamentary secretaries paid an increased rate for half a legislature while the rest did not even know if theyre going to get the increase. Dr Farrugia pointed out that since backbenchers were kept in the dark about the increases while the rest were already pocketing the money their objections could never have reversed the decision. Dr Farrugia and his colleague, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, chose to donate their pay rise to causes close to their hearts. Asked whether he would take any other action, Dr Farrugia said: The stability of the government from my end was never in question and it will never ever be. When pressed about whether he felt comfortable within a party he disagreed with so strongly, he admitted it was disheartening to find out that 15 of his senior colleagues found no difficulty in pocketing their pay rises for two and half years. He added: Im 48 and I can wait. I can wait. Pressed whether this meant he would wait for a change in leadership, he said: I have been in the Nationalist Party since 1982 and I look forward to remaining even after the next election. What can I tell you more than that? I can wait.
The Times 14.1.2011
Someone must be responsible for the administrative mistake that led to the ministerial salary increase being carried out behind peoples backs. The mess on the ministerial salary increase that led to a parliamentary motion tabled by Opposition leader Joseph Muscat is the biggest embarrassment that any Maltese Prime Minister has been subjected to since
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has issued his second apology in six months over the handling and execution of the Cabinet raises granted in May 2008, just over a week after he defended the decision in Parliament. Sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot, he told PN councillors in yesterdays closing session of the general council meeting. Dr Gonzi defended the decision to allow Cabinet members to retain their MPs honorarium, saying it was taken in May 2008 when the world was a different place. But the way it was executed and implemented was wrong. We did not listen enough and we definitely did not explain enough. We ended up looking insensitive today for something we did three years ago, he said, with regret, adding that this issue had overshadowed the three years of hard work by his Cabinet. A series of mistakes were made. Things definitely should not have been done this way. But I will point a finger at no one. I am the Prime Minister and I shoulder full responsibility for this decision. At this point, a member of his audience was heard saying, You dont have to, but Dr Gonzi dismissed the remark and insisted on his apology. But I will continue to work hard to move this country forward... We cannot let this taint our achievements. I never shied away from making apologies. His comments come a week after the Labour Partys motion labelling the Cabinet decision insensitive, arbitrary and non-transparent was defeated in Parliament despite strong reservations from some Nationalist MPs. The honoraria issue, as it has come to be known, exploded last year when the Cabinets decision of May 2008 was finally revealed in full through a parliamentary question. MPs found out they were due a raise which only ministers had thus far been receiving. Amid public outcry, some MPs decided to pledge their raise to charity, labelling it insensitive. In January, Dr Gonzi apologised in Parliament, made his ministers refund a part of their raise and postponed any increases to the MPs honorarium, which, however, ministers were allowed to keep. But as The Times revealed last month, ministers kept a 500 weekly increase (which includes a previously unexplained annual duty allowance increase of 6,000) and the Speaker and opposition leader remained on the old salary. Dr Gonzis comments yesterday came after the Office of the Prime Minister failed to answer questions from The Times which were initially raised by Nationalist MP Jesmond Mugliett. In a press statement last week, Mr Mugliett had asked who was responsible for what Dr Gonzi has previously described as an administrative error in the way the raises were issued before Parliament, the public and the opposition were informed. He also asked whether any action had been taken against who was responsible.
The Times 20.6.2011
A first-class comedy of errors and its sequels
Editorjal, The Times 21.6.2011
500 Ewro. Hafna l-anqas biss jaqlghuhom fix-xahar imma jekk tkun Ministru jew Segretarju Parlamentari Nazzjonalista tista' taghtihom lilek innifsek ZIEDA FIL-GIMGHA minghajr ma tahdem aktar minn qabel.
Wara snin jirdghu minn fuq il-poplu fi zmien diffiċli u b'eluf ta' Maltin ibaghtu l-konsegwenzi, il-pressjoni tal-Partit Laburista hadmet.
In January, Dr Gonzi apologised in Parliament, made his ministers refund a part of their raise and postponed any increases to the MPs honorarium, which, however, ministers were allowed to keep.
The Times 20.6.2011