Sitting days should rise says Tribunal

Monday July 22, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
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The sitting days of Parliament need to increase substantially, says the Remuneration Tribunal, who recommended the 45 per cent pay rise of MPs.

 

However the Tribunal do not consider it appropriate to link the recommendations for the salaries to the sitting days.

In its report, the three-member Tribunal led by chairman Fletcher Melvin acknowledged the number of Parliamentary sitting days are a concern.

The Tribunal says the public view is that the number of sittings days should increase substantially.

“The Tribunal agrees with this sentiment, but it is not within our mandate to determine or even recommend what an appropriate number of sitting days per year is. That is a constitutional issue,” the Tribunal said in its report.

The pay rise recommended by the Tribunal has resulted in the prime minister’s salary jumping to $152,250 from $105,000 and the deputy prime minister’s earnings increasing from $95,000 to $137,750.

Cabinet ministers and the leader of the opposition, who are sitting on $85,000 each, will have their salaries jump to $123,250. The remaining MPs’ $50,000 base salaries will increase to $72,500 as of this month.

 

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