The Red politician must settle for a juicy pay cut.
The party made a by-election recently with almost 135,000 votes, and got by a good margin over the threshold with a support of 4.7 percent. The result meant that Bjørnar Moxnes would no longer be the party’s lone swallow in the Storting. He is now joined by seven other party colleagues. Mimir Kristjánsson is one of them, but unlike his colleagues who can look forward to a salary increase, the Stavanger politician will sharply reduce his salary in the coming years.
– I have not gone into this to make money. I could almost have done it for free. Now we in Rødt have a party tax which means that no one in the Storting should earn more than 680,000 kroner per year. It is a good salary, so I have no reason to complain, when I have enough to put food on the table, says the Red politician to Nettavisen by phone from a holiday trip in Spain.
This is Rødt’s new parliamentary group:
* Bjørnar Moxnes
* Marie Sneve Martinussen
* Mimir Kristjánsson
* Seher Aydar
* Sofie Marhaug
* Tobias Drevland Lund
* Hege Bae Nyholt
* Hanne Lise Fahsing
The party tax that the 35-year-old refers to is based on the Red politicians in the Storting earning what is the average salary for full-time employees in Norway, plus a supplement of 20 percent. For party leader Bjørnar Moxnes, the supplement is 30 percent as parliamentary leader. However, this total is far less than the Storting politicians’ annual salary of NOK 987,997. The space here therefore goes straight into Rødt’s party box office.
– I think that everyone in the Storting should earn less, something I will suggest, Kristjánsson emphasizes.
An average annual salary in Norway in 2020 was NOK 608,160, which means that the Red politicians in the Storting will still have salt on the porridge and well so, but for Kristjánsson it will be much less to mess with than usual.
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– I have worked a lot for free this year, so it is difficult for me to calculate how much I have earned so far, but I earned around 1.2 million last year. I have a sole proprietorship, where I have done a lot of different things. I was on “The Farm Celebrity”, I have made money on books and as a politician. It is important to mention that I have received some scholarships through freelance activities that will last for several years, says the Red politician.
It is not long since the 35-year-old finished his book about Jon Michelet, and there will probably be a sounding coin at the checkout with the sale of books and tours later this year.
– I have received a paid assignment for 150,000 kroner already for a tour this autumn. Then I can apply to the party if I will give everything back to the party, or if I will give everything to charity. Personally, I hope to be able to donate it to charity, says Kristjánsson.
And he adds:
– I hope to be able to keep the income I received before the Storting seat. I wrote the Michelet book before I entered the Storting. I can ask the central committee in Rødt if I can keep the income. If I earn too much on that book, I will give away a lot of the money anyway.
Strong pay jump
However, the situation is different for Kristjánsson’s Red colleagues in the Storting. More will experience more than a doubling of annual salary. One of those who will represent Rødt is Tobias Drevland Lund. He barely managed to start his bachelor’s studies at UiO, before he became among the elected representatives. For the new student, and now the parliamentary representative, the new job will lead to a huge pay rise.
Read more here: Strong pay jump for the Red representatives
Seher Aydar (32) can also look forward to more money in the account in the future.
– In practice, there will be nothing special for a salary increase, Rødt has a party tax scheme which means that I will earn approximately NOK 57,000 a month before tax. For us, a moderate wage level is important to avoid attracting people who want to become politicians for their own gain, in addition to the fact that the distance between top politicians and the regular wage earner must not be too great. Rødt believes that the wage level for Storting politicians is too high, and has repeatedly proposed moderate cuts in the hope of getting more parties with us. The proposals have mostly only received Rødt’s votes, the Rødt politician told Nettavisen recently.