Gov­ern­ment agenda to tackle oil sec­tor wages

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

The gov­ern­ment has be­gun work­ing on its agenda for the new par­lia­men­tary term which will start af­ter the No­vem­ber 26 elec­tions. Key is­sues on the agenda in­clude eco­nomic, health, ed­u­ca­tional, security and ser­vice-re­lated con­cerns in ad­di­tion to some top­ics that might lead to an early con­fronta­tion with the op­po­si­tion in the new par­lia­ment, said in­formed sources.

The gov­ern­ment’s agenda would in­clude en­dors­ing the GCC security agree­ment that had been al­ready ap­proved by all GCC states ex­cept for Kuwait. “The gov­ern­ment will in­sist on vot­ing on this agree­ment that is ex­pected to be op­posed by sev­eral MPs,” said an in­formed source.

The gov­ern­ment also hopes to gain ap­proval for an­other at­tempt at re­duc­ing gov­ern­ment sec­tor wages through what it is la­bel­ing a ‘strate­gic pay­roll al­ter­na­tive.’ The plan is to equal­ize salaries be­tween civil ser­vice sec­tor em­ploy­ees hold­ing sim­i­lar de­grees, in­clud­ing those work­ing in the strate­gic oil sec­tor. Gov­ern­ment ef­forts to cut spe­cial priv­i­leges re­sulted in a three day strike by em­ploy­ees of state owned en­ergy com­pa­nies in April of this year. The strike halved Kuwait’s oil out­put, bring­ing it down from 2.8 mil­lion bar­rels per day to 1.1 mil­lion by day two.

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