Report: Iraqi Corona reveals battle against social inequality and corruption
11:31 - 01/04/2020
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A report of Open Democracy website reported on Wednesday that while the Iraqi government imposes a curfew and closes some cities, schools, universities and shopping malls to limit the spread of Corona virus, the living conditions are increasing due to the lack of social and health protection. Social protests are shrinking due to risks and fear of infection, but tens of thousands of people continue to avoid these difficulties by building grassroots solidarity.
The report, which was translated by the information agency, stated that “the spread of the virus has created a new crisis within the economic and political crisis that the Middle East and Iraq have suffered from for decades, because the structural problems in these economies and the lack of guarantees of social and health services for the vast majority of the population are increased by the blockade imposed on life Everyday and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is a perfect example.
He added that, according to UNESCO on the Iraqi labor market, two-thirds of workers in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] work in the informal sector, which represents 99 percent of the private sector, where the informal feature of work does not provide safe wages or the availability of social safety nets in the event of lost wages.
He continued, “The workers suffer from a tragedy because the vast majority live on their daily strength, just as the unemployed workers do not have a regular income and therefore they have no savings or a social safety net that guarantees them in the event of losing wages, and therefore they will find themselves today in great vital difficulties: they simply lack Money to buy food. ”
He explained that, according to the UNESCO study, the public sector represents 40% of all jobs in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] The first economic source is the oil sector, which represents 99.6% of export earnings, 92% of the state budget and 61% of the national gross domestic product, and although only one out of every hundred Iraqi workers working in this sector has public spending on wages As direct as salaries, pensions, and indirect wages, social goods and services are around 60%.
And the report stated that “this disparity between the public sector, which at the present time still enjoys at least wages and social guarantees, and the private sector that is almost dominated by the informal nature, translates into daily private consumption when prices rise. Many workers who have lost their wages in the private sector cannot purchase Necessary needs compared to public sector employees, which negatively affects their lives and their living conditions.
If these phenomena have created a state of social inequality at the level of work, the health system fails to achieve a balance between them, the sector has been subject to a system of liberal structure, which led to the creation of patronage and corruption, and the privatization of public health care has accelerated greatly over the five years For the past ten days, auditors have to pay for every visit, and it is often necessary to obtain treatment, to give bribes to the few doctors remaining in the country.
The report pointed out that "the only general officer is the state of social solidarity, where activists also develop mutual assistance practices" to address the problem of food shortages and high prices, where in the working class neighborhoods food distributions such as rice, vegetables, sugar and other basic necessities are organized.
The report emphasized that "the current battle against the Corona virus has become in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] A battle against the joints of the corrupt state and the resulting social inequality. Ended / 25 z