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Salaries of Officials in Iceland to Decrease

By Iceland Review

The wage council has decided to lower the wages of around 400 officials as of March 1, by 3.3 to 15 percent. Higher salaries will decrease more than lower salaries. The wage council has also lowered the salaries of ministers and MPs, according to laws passed at the Althingi parliament shortly before Christmas.

The wage council couldn’t lower the salaries of other officials at the time because objections had to be heard first, Morgunbladid reports.

Many officials protested their planned pay cut, arguing that they were under increased pressure because of the crisis and that the consistency within the group would be disrupted if their salaries were to be lowered.

The wage council has now announced its decision to officials, sheriffs, ambassadors and priests. The salaries of the undersecretaries of the government offices and judges are still under review.

Chairman of the wage council Geir Zoëga said the salaries of undersecretaries had not increased last year and that the council needs more time to review them as well as the salaries of judges.

Originally, the wage council refused to lower the salaries of ministers, arguing that it did not have the legal authority to do so. The laws concerning the wage council were therefore amended.

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