Officials Dissatisfied With Justice Ministry's Public Service Act

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1/2/2012 11:59 AM
Category: Politics

The Justice Ministry's bid to reform the Public Service Act has drawn bad marks from a number of government authorities and civil servants.

The draft Act was submitted for public comment in December. Around ten respondents from judges to the Data Protection Inpsectorate and Audit Office have said the bill is unsuitable to govern the terms of employment.

Auditor General Mihkel Oviir is prominent among the critics, saying the act will make the situation more confusing and reduce the central and local government's attractiveness as an employer.

And Finance MInister Jürgen Ligi speficially has come out against the plan by his fellow Reform party member, Justice MInister Kristen Michal, to make all salaries public information, saying it would put more pressure on the state budget if the private sector could see "with a mouse click" how much a given official was making.

The Data Protection Inspectorate went farther, saying that disclosing salaries would be unconstitutional.

Currently only leading civil servants' salaries are public.

Michal said in introducing the bill that one objective was to increase comparability of earnings.

Judicial bodies have also criticized the bill, having also called it unconstitutional. Judges appear to be the most upset at reductions in annual paid leave.

Kristopher Rikken

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