Employees complain about the government’s salary system
The Public sectors employees criticize the KRG for not resolving the huge difference between the salary of employees and military officers
One member of Kurdistan Parliament’s legal committee says an article must be added to the current budget draft to unite three Kurdish province’s employees wage with that of Baghdad. In 2012, Parliament could not negotiate on this issue due to several financial and technical problems.
Dr Ahmed Warti, member of the legal committee told Kurdish media outlets that the issue of unifying Kurdistan employees’ salary with that of Baghdad was discussed last year. “The budget draft is now under negotiation in parliament, and most of the MPs are in agreement regarding the unification of the salary system. All of the MPs have tried to find a way to avoid postponing the negotiation, and mechanisms on how to implement it”.
Dler Mahmood, member of the Finance committee explained that Iraq’s National Assembly has not voted on the budget draft for 2013, and that “Whenever Iraq’s parliament passes the budget for 2013, then it will be possible for Kurdistan’s parliament to start negotiating on this issue”. He went on to say, “Sometimes during parliamentary discussions and debates on certain subjects, MPs try to suggest alternative ideas to implement change within the current system”.
Mahmood clarified that without the budget being passed both in Kurdistan and Iraqi parliament, negotiations were unlikely, and perhaps even unreasonable.
Sardar Kareem who works in the public sector told The Kurdish Globe that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should unite employees’ wages to that of Baghdad. He said the employees take the lowest wage from KRG. “The issue is one hundred percent in the interest of the employees. The KRG just tries to increase military sector’s wage”.
Those who apply for the military sector are often illiterate and un- educated, but still receive better pay than those within the public sector. More than half of those working within the public sector are educated to a high standard, and Kareem believes this system does not make sense. “Why should people in the military have a higher salary, while most of them have not studied for a single day! This is unfair, the wages should be proportionately divided within the public sector” he said.
Bahar Majeed is a 27-year old who works in the public sector. He says the KRG should compensate employees that have a significant disparity in their wages compared to that of Baghdad. In 2003 KRG’s ministries were not united, consequently Erbil’s Finance Ministry decided to increase the salary of some of its employees. Both Erbil and Sulaimaniyah de- cided to unify their ministries afterwards, and the KRG has tried to compensate those employees who were recruited before 2003. According to Majeed, the problem is not just with unifying the system with Baghdad but rather fixing the wage system which has been dysfunctional for years.
A general view of Kurdistan Central Bank situated in the capital city of Erbil.