The PTB wants to halve the salaries of Walloon deputies and ministers

The PTB has calculated that halving the salaries of Walloon politicians, ministers and deputies, could bring in more than 7 million euros each year. “This would more than double the budget devoted to the fight against homelessness,” explains Germain Mugemangango, group leader of the PTB in the Walloon parliament.

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“Money culture”

The PTB has already tabled texts aimed at reducing the salaries and benefits of federal deputies. This time, the text targets the Walloon Parliament and government. Why impose such a regime on the portfolio of deputies and ministers from the south of the country? Because, says the PTB, the political class lives beyond its means: “There is a culture of money and privileges in the political class of our country. And this is particularly true in Wallonia. This is evidenced by the recent scandals and lavish expenditures of the Walloon political class (targeted, for example, the development expenditure of the Walloon Parliament),” believes Mr. Mugemangango. “Our assembly president even has remuneration comparable to the French president, Emmanuel Macron.”

For Germain Mugemangango, the political class is living beyond its means. – BELGA

The PTB group leader takes out his calculator: “A Walloon MP earns €11,500 gross per month, part of which is not even subject to tax. By taxing and dividing this remuneration by two, we arrive at €5,800 gross/month, approximately €3,500 net. The holiday bonus and the end-of-year bonus would follow the same logic. »

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Haro on the remuneration of so-called special functions, which makes it possible to round up the salary of the president of the assembly, but also of the other members of the office, the body which manages the Parliament and of the committee presidents: “They earn €1,000 per month in addition to their MP salary. It’s even almost €1,200 for political group leaders. » For the PTB, it’s very simple: all this goes by the wayside.

We would thus end up saving 6 million euros per year in the Walloon budget, calculates the PTB… And even a seventh million if the ministers suffered the same fate: halving their salary of around €19,500 gross, as well as their bonuses (holidays and end of year).

“When we earn so much money, we are disconnected from reality and we are far removed from the salary of the average full-time worker or employee who earns between €2,000 and €3,500 net per month,” adds the head of PTB group. “Politicians in our region could pull themselves together and lead by example. It would also be a strong gesture to begin to restore trust with the population and what they would earn would still be well above the average salary in Wallonia. »

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One hundred more social housing units

These 7 million could strengthen the “coordinated Walloon strategy for ending homelessness”. which would benefit from insufficient resources (a little more than 5 million per year). “The Walloon PS-MR-Ecolo government says it wants to make the fight against homelessness a priority. This government itself highlights “Housing First”, that is to say offering housing to the homeless and helping them through the supervision of a multidisciplinary team, as one of the most effective measures to combat against this social phenomenon. This is a system that must be expanded and supported because in 2022 only 96 people were able to be rehoused in this way while researchers estimate that there were 19,000 homeless people in Wallonia at the end of 2023. With 7 million euros, it is possible to build 100 additional social housing units each year. »

We suspect that the PTB will not be applauded by all Walloon deputies with this type of proposal. “We put a budgetary amendment to the vote seven times to reduce these remunerations and the other parties did not support us. But despite this, the lines are moving since modifications were made during this last legislature, the existence of an expenditure commission that each citizen can follow on the YouTube channel, for example, it is no longer confidential as before. Following our revelations, overpensions for parliamentarians were abolished in all parliaments in this country. »

Germain Mugemangango is also delighted that other parties are targeting the remuneration of deputies and ministers in their electoral program… Even if this is not the case of the PS and the MR, he regrets.

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