Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from LTO.de:
NRW state parliament decides on Corona premium 1,300 euros for judges and civil servants
North Rhine-Westphalian civil servants and judges will receive a tax and duty-free special Corona payment of €1,300 euros by March 31 at the latest. Such was the decision of the state parliament.
Civil servants and judges receive a Corona bonus of €1,300. The state parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia passed a law to that effect on Wednesday with the votes of all parliamentary groups. Applicants receive half. The payment should be made by March 31, 2022 at the latest. In addition, with the adoption of the three-part legislative package for salary increases, salaries will increase by a total of 2.8 percent as of December 1, 2022.
NRW is thus transferring a wage agreement to its civil servants and judges 1:1 that had already been reached at the end of November for more than a million employees in the public sector in the federal states. “Since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic, civil servants and judges have also been exposed to considerable additional burdens,” says the state government’s draft law.
The entire legislative package is “a sign of appreciation for our civil servants and judges,” said North Rhine-Westphalia Finance Minister Lutz Lienenkamper (CDU). It also ensures that the state of North Rhine-Westphalia remains an attractive employer.
The opposition factions of the SPD, Greens and AfD agreed to most parts of the legislative package, but still see room for improvement. Above all, they criticized the fact that retirees were left out of the improvements. In addition, from their point of view, the increases in hardship allowances are too small and benefit too few occupational groups. Furthermore, the SPD and the Greens again criticized the unfair initial salary for teachers. FDP deputy faction leader Ralf Witzel countered that the SPD and the Greens had not implemented any of their demands during their own time in government.
Afterword from the translator:
This is so typical, like swine to the trough. Where is there a sign of appreciation for those citizens who work every day and keep the self-service shop running through taxes and levies? But since that is only the WORKING peasant class… who cares?