March 1st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) While public-sector labor unions took to the streets this week to protest an executive decree setting the annual salary increase of some 200,000 public employees at just 0.43% of their salaries – which many described as “not enough to buy toilet paper,” the 57 members of the Legislative Assembly will continue to receive an increase of 10% per year, or about 23 times more, proportionally, than other public sector employees.
Members of the Legislative Assembly receive a 5% increase in their salaries every six months – the next salary hike for lawmakers will be in November, adjusting their current monthly salaries of ¢3,776,492.16 (about $7,190) up to ¢3,965,000 (about $7,500).
The Law of Compensation of Members of the Legislative Assembly dictates lawmakers’ salaries, and places members of the legislature in a separate class from other public sector employees.
Meanwhile, other public sector employees – including healthcare workers, police and teachers will receive an increase of just ¢453 per ¢100,000 of their salaries.
Those who have expressed their anger at the minimal increase of public workers’ 2014 salaries include the National Association of Educators (ANDE), the Association of Secondary School Teachers (APSE), medical workers, and other groups and labor unions.