28 Oct 2022 7:15 p.m
Loyalty pays: A close former associate of Lambrecht from the Justice Department is to be given a job in the Defense Ministry. For the corresponding salary, a salary increase of around 34 percent, the personnel development concept is to be changed – by order of the minister.
Christine Lambrecht (SPD) succeeded Katarina Barley (SPD) as Federal Minister of Justice in 2019. That was the headline in July 2019 Handelsblatt: “Several post changes – criticism of the personnel policy of Federal Minister of Justice Lambrecht”. A good three years later – Lambrecht has been Federal Minister of Defense (BMVg) in the Scholz cabinet since December 8, 2021 – the minister is again the focus of questionable personnel changes. Of the Business Insider writes in an investigative article (payment barrier):
“Explosive promotion trick: How Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht wants to get a close colleague 1,600 euros more in salary.”
The incident creates a bad mood among veteran employees or employees who have to patiently work through the official path and timetable of the authority for possible wage increases over the years of service. In mid-September he had Business Insider already revealed that Minister Lambrecht and her State Secretary Margaretha Sudhof were planning a first change to the rules of carriage. A related article said:
“A monthly salary of at least 10,600 euros was planned: Lambrecht stops the unusual promotion of the office manager of her state secretary.”
The current case is about the intended favoritism of a young speechwriter from Lambrecht’s previous working environment, who has now been seconded from the Justice Ministry to the Defense Ministry. The unnamed pupil of Lambrechts is to replace the longtime chief speechwriter of the Ministry of Defense Jan Techau. That was according to the research of Business Insider It was originally planned that the contract with Techau would simply be terminated in order to “elevate the young civil servant to the post of head of department at Techau immediately after his secondment”. The article says:
“At the time of the secondment, the civil servant (from the Ministry of Defence) was at salary level A14, i.e. had a basic salary of 4,722.70 euros plus allowances. EUR 13. That would correspond to a salary increase of around 34 percent, i.e. around EUR 1,600 more per month.”
According to current regulations, the future colleague would have had to “stay in an A15 post for four years before being able to fill the next higher position as head of department,” he said Business Insider. This took Lambrecht too long, however, so she planned that first:
“The officer’s secondment should be changed so that he can initially be promoted to A15 in the Ministry of Justice. Then he should be sent to the Ministry of Defense, where he can immediately become A16/B3 thanks to the planned special promotion rule as an A15 career changer”.
What followed was a clear veto by the staff council at the BMVg, with which the minister did not want to come to terms. The fact that the now well-known sleight of hand by a former Federal Minister of Justice was decided as a special rule for the Ministry of Defense “in order to be able to raise even A-paid employees to lucrative positions” is unusual, according to the Ministry of Defense. A specific question about the case of Business Insider the ministry has not yet responded. A spokeswoman only said:
“As you know, it is not legally possible for us to comment on individual personnel measures.”
Internal will according to the Business Insider surprised that “so much effort is being put into it because of a normal speechwriter”. A final decision is still pending. The planned promotion of the office manager from Lambrecht’s long-time State Secretary Sudhof was stopped by the minister personally.
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