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

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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