Posted on October 3, 2016 by Abdul-Qahar Mustafa in 1 Top News, Exclusive
Protests against Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government KRG, Jan. 17, 2016. Photo: NRT
[size=11]Abdul-Qahar Mustafa | Special to Ekurd.net[/size]
Salary delaying is a breach of employment contract and illegal. All governments are obliged by law to pay its public service employees on time and accurately. The government is responsible if public servants suffer of pay delay. No excuse can justify a government to not paypublic service workers for the work they do no matter what difficulty and situation the country is going through.
Public servants in Iraqi Kurdistan have been suffering from financial hardships as their salaries have been coming through with few months delay since 2014 .The delays of salaries have put significant financial pressures on public servants and their families .They are facing financial and psychological hardship because of pay delay .Many of them (Public Servants) have been struggling to pay for food, to feed their children, to pay housing rent, fuel, and many other basic needs of life. They have to borrow money from family members and relatives in order to survive. They have become depressed and stressed and their health is on decline for not getting paid properly and on time.
This difficult financial situation of life that people of Kurdistan are experiencing has been going on for more than two years and half and the government of Kurdistan has not been able to solve the problem.
Kurdistan regional government (KRG) has already said that they would solve the problem of delay in the distribution of salaries to its employees. However, and so far, the government has not taken any effective measures to solve the problem of salary delay and public servants are still paid with delay until this moment.
KRG authorities says that they have made their best efforts to solve the problem of paying public servants with delay, but the problem and reason government has been struggling with to pay salaries for civil servants on time, are a number of crises affecting the Kurdistan, starts from the drop of oil prices, fight against the IS and an influx of Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqis who have added more pressure on the KRG’s economy. However, many people including me believe that it is not impossible to save Kurdistan from financial crisis no matter how difficult it is.
KRG governments should be creative, strong and skillful enough to overcome economic crisis in Kurdistan just as many other governments of the world have successfully overcame their economic crisis and saved their people from hunger and their countries from collapsing.
Kurdistan regional Government should put their focus and attention on meeting its legal duties and obligation they have towards people of Kurdistan and solve their problems of unemployed people and provide timely and accurate pay for public service employees. The government should also be honest and tell the nation if it can’t offer any solutions to the issue of salary delay of public servants so that nation elect new people to power who might be able to do a better job in solving the economic problems of Kurdish people.
In all honesty, if the government cannot offer any solution to fix the problem of salary delay of public servants than the only sensible thing that any government can do, is to voluntarily step down and allow other people to come in and take over the job. New people in power might come up with better ideas, knowledge and skills to make reforms, and better economic programs to overcome the economic crisis and solve the problem of salary delaying of public servants.
The current administration of KRG government should find a solution to the problem of salary delay of public servants, or if they fail to come up with a new strategy to overcome economic crisis in Kurdistan, or if they deny the chance to other people, who have better skills in solving economic problems, to come to power, than public servants have the whole right to take their case to supreme court of Kurdistan. By law, court has the right to force the government to pay its employees properly and on time.
Abdul-Qahar Mustafa is a graduate student from Saint Louis high school in Canada. He is advocate of justice, democracy and human rights. He currently lives in Sarsang/Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. Mustafa is a contributing writer for Ekurd.