Speakers on push to lower MP salaries by 30%

'We don't need to earn so much money' says Boldrini

Speakers on push to lower MP salaries by 30%

Rome, March 20 - The Speakers of the House and Senate have announced they intend to take 30% voluntary pay cuts and give up their government apartments. "I don't believe there's the need to earn so much money. I hope that those who have institutional roles agree, and I think there's a broad consensus among the parties," said House Speaker Laura Boldrini on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Boldrini and her counterpart in the Senate, Pietro Grasso, announced they wanted to "set an example" in recession-plagued Italy with the salary cut, and said they were aiming to eventually slash 50% of the costs for parliamentarians including salaries and other expenses. According to figures last year, MPs make an estimated 16,000 euros per month, and Senators earn even more. Boldrini and Grasso also want to impose productivity standards that would require a five-day work week and double working hours.

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