Poland parliament cuts MPs’ pay by 20% after ministers’ bonuses controversy

Poland’s parliament has adopted a bill for a 20 percent cut in MP wages after public criticism of financial rewards for ministers. The parliament, dominated by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, adopted the bill on Thursday with a majority of 240 votes, Reuters reports. The main opposition parties abstained. The bill will cut MPs’ remuneration from the present level of 10,000 zloty ($2,802) per month after former Prime Minister Beata Szydlo last year decided to pay herself and her cabinet ministers bonuses worth more than 10 times the average monthly salary. Since then, support for the ruling party has weakened. Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski last month called on ministers to give their financial rewards to charity and announced pay cuts for parliament members.