Govt caps pub­lic of­fi­cials’ salaries af­ter row

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The Ira­nian gov­ern­ment says it will cap salaries of pub­lic of­fi­cials af­ter a row over the high level of pay of some em­ploy­ees.

Re­cent online leaks showed some of­fi­cials were re­ceiv­ing over 100 times more than an av­er­age pub­lic sec­tor worker on about $400 (£305) a month.

The cap for gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials is now set for $2,630 and $5,250 for those in the mixed state-pri­vate sec­tor.

Pub­lic anger has al­ready led to the sack­ing of sev­eral bank direc­tors.

One of them was paid about $60,000 a month, ac­cord­ing to leaked payslips. How­ever, it was not clear whether it was the di­rec­tor’s monthly salary or to­tal earn­ings, in­clud­ing a bonus.

Any pay­ment be­yond the new lim­its would now be seen as “a vi­o­la­tion and crime”, gov­ern­ment spokesman Mo­ham­mad Bagher Nobakht said on Tues­day.

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