Brazil court orders senate to suspend 'super-salaries' and refund excess wages
BRASïLIA (AFP) - A Brazil court on Wednesday ordered the senate to suspend all salaries over US$12,500 (S$15,629) and to refund nearly US$90 million that have been paid in excess wages.
An audit by the court - which is charged with overseeing public finances - found some 464 officials working for the chamber received so-called "super-salaries," well above the constitutional limit of around US$12,500 per month for public sector employees.
"We cannot continue with these differentiated wages, with people earning salaries like princes and (other) persons receiving minimum wage" of 678 reais (S$381), presiding Judge Augusto Nardes said, according to state-run Agencia Brasil.
The court gave the senate 30 days to enforce the measure. Senate President Renan Calheiros pledged in a statement that the body would "immediately implement the reduction" in salaries to the constitutional limit.