Since the last House of Representatives assembly failed to reach an entity majority, in its first reading the College instructed a Bill on the Amendments to the Law on Salaries and Allowances, which was proposed by member of Parliament Šemsudin Mehmedović.
As Mehmedovic explained to the members of Parliament, “The Amendment Act deals with the balancing of police officers’ salaries in state law enforcement agencies."
“Why did I recommend this Act? It was in cooperation with police trade unions in BiH who convinced me to do so. And as you can see in the description, police agencies on the BiH level have the lowest wages of all police officials in BiH, even compared to those on the cantonal level, which is unacceptable. Considering Croatia was admitted to the EU, we have an erosion, or rather, an exodus of police officials and others, even civil servants, from all agencies on the BiH level. We need to balance the police wages on all levels,” said Mehmedovic.
It was stated that, according to the Law on Salaries and Allowances, civil servants employed by BiH institutions have an initial coefficient of 2.10 (on the associate-level), and established salary gradations to reach coefficients of up to 2.37. At the same time, police officials with the same level have an initial coefficient of 1.95 (at the junior inspector level), without established gradations.
Such a settlement is not in accordance to the “principle” brought about by article 3. point a) in a Law that, among others, defines that “those employed by institutions that perform the same or similar activities will have equal base salaries.”
In accordance to this, the article amendments of this Law would create equal coefficients for calculating the salaries of civil servants and police officials, so that the coefficients for police officers from the rank of "junior inspector" to the rank of "Chief Inspector" would be equal to the coefficients of civil servants from the "associate" level to the "senior civil servant” level," explained Mehmedović.
The Most Suitable Model
The BiH Council of Ministers held a session regarding the Draft Amendments Act to the Law on Salaries and Allowances, which is now almost fully harmonized.
According to the announcement following the session, "we still need to find a solution regarding the gradational salary increases for police officers and soldiers with a secondary education."
A desire was expressed to increase the coefficients for policemen and soldiers, but due to a lack of funds, the Ministry of Security and the Ministry of Defense were asked to propose a financial plan to the Council of Ministers by the end of the week. Given the fact that the budget of BiH institutions is approved, and BiH’s international obligations are adopted, and it is legally not possible to make amendments, the financing will be based on an internal reallocation of funds from the approved budgets.
“These are minimal increases, which is why I gave it to the sector of finance and sector politics and planning to decide what the most suitable model is,” said the Minister of Defense, Marina Pendeš.
Translated by: Tea IVANOVIĆ
(Original version: Policija i vojska zaslužuju više)