Sunday newspapers deal with the work of companies operating in the oil fields and the threat of retirees with escalatory steps, in protest against the decline
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Baghdad / NINA / - The newspapers issued today, Sunday, the twentieth of June, focused on the work of companies operating in the oil fields and threatening retirees with escalating steps, in protest against the decline.
Al-Zawraa newspaper, which is published by the Syndicate of Journalists, dealt with the work of companies operating in the oil fields and quoted a member of the Economy Committee, MP Mazen Al-Faili, as saying: “The licensing tour companies drain the country’s wealth and give their employees fantastic salaries. Pointing out: The Financial Control Report included a table for the year 2015 showing that the employees of the Basra Oil Company constitute 83% of the workforce in the Rumaila Operating Authority, and their salaries amount to 18% of the total salaries paid, while the number of contract employees with the two foreign companies is 14% ) of the workforce in the Rumaila Operating Authority, and their salaries constitute (52%) of the total salaries paid during that period.
He added: The Office of Financial Supervision monitored the increase in the cost of monthly rent for cars compared to local prices. Examples include renting an armored minibus at $500 per day, renting an armored vehicle in Salvador at $450 per day, and renting a forklift at $150 per day. Noting that the total expenditure on a paragraph related to the security elements contracted with by foreign companies amounted to (177) thousand dollars, at a rate of (2850) dollars per person per day.
He pointed out that some foreign companies have opened offices outside Iraq in Dubai, and their operating costs from 2010 to 2017 amounting to approximately $80 million were included within the recovered oil costs paid by the Iraqi state to foreign companies.
He explained: The report mentioned that foreign companies contract with private protection companies, noting that the contract provides for appropriate security through the Iraqi armed forces within the contract area, and the total amounts spent on protection companies in the Zubair oil field were $263 million for the period from 2010 to 2017.
For his part, the expert in oil affairs, Abdul Redha Muhammad, said: “The cost of extracting a barrel of oil in the Basra fields was about 4 dollars in 2009, but after the licensing rounds, the cost rose to more than 15 dollars as a result of the privileges of foreign companies, while we have competencies A national oil company is able to increase production, and now Iraq is paying fines to companies because of production cuts.
He added: It is necessary to reconsider all contracts of licensing rounds that were concluded during the time of the former Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani because they lack transparency and accuracy because they exaggerate everything, and this harms the national economy that is almost completely dependent on oil, in addition to that it burdens the budget.
Al-Sabah newspaper dealt with the economic situation in the country and quoted the Prime Minister’s advisor, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, as saying that despite the severity of the economic and financial difficulties that afflicted the country, the government was able, within a year of its life, to manage the financial and economic file well, which in turn was reflected in the management of the health file. In light of the Corona pandemic.
He added that the country's economic file faced during a year of the life of the current Iraqi government double difficulties imposed by the health crisis as a result of the Corona pandemic, the closure of the local economy and the disruption of many private sector activities, accompanied by a severe government financial crisis that lost the actual current government expenditures more than 60% of its revenues in the year 2020. Compared to 2019,
he indicated that "in the face of these difficult deflationary conditions in the economy, and in order to finance current spending, especially salaries, wages, pensions, social welfare and governing obligations, the House of Representatives agreed that the government would expand the internal borrowing base to finance the deficit in actual current spending, with about 25 trillion dinars funded." The government banking system, and the Central Bank of Iraq strongly and fully supported it in return for treasury transfers under the borrowing laws, a rescue deal that enriched the country from resorting to external borrowing.
He added that "the government was able to manage the epidemiological file with all the health capabilities available to protect public health tirelessly day and night, as well as its ability to prepare and pass the federal general budget law for the year 2021 in cooperation with the legislative authority, which included appropriate allocations in the investment budget for new and ongoing projects that accounted for nearly 23 % of the total spending in the budget, in order to cover the expenses of those projects.Saleh
continued: "The successful exit from the bottleneck in the double health and financial crisis for the year 2020-2021 with the recovery of oil markets and the restoration of the general budget to reassuring cash flows; We can say that the features of crossing the cycle of oil assets that reached the bottom and crossing the epidemic crisis that reached the top are the most difficult test in Iraq’s modern political history after the country successfully crossed the double security and financial crisis that occurred in 2014-2017 as well.
He concluded by saying: "These are the harsh lessons in the government's management of the economic file in crisis conditions, which ended with government success and with the least possible losses to preserve the safety and stability of our country and our people."
Al-Zaman newspaper dealt with the issue of retirees and said that retirees threatened escalating steps, in protest against the low salaries they receive for years. In the service of the state, which negatively affected the nature of living life for their families, especially the heirs of the beneficiary in light of the high prices and the rise in the value of the dollar against the dinar, which in turn caused confusion in the markets, the newspaper quoted the head of the Humanitarian Association for Retirees Abdul Redha Shia Al-Hafedi, confirming that the authority deliberately harmed the beneficiaries The increase in the dues does not require amending the law in force.
Al-Hafadi said yesterday that (retirees’ demands for an increase in salaries have been a legitimate right for years, as Article 33 in the Unified Retirement Law No. 9 of 2014 stipulates an annual salary increase according to the rate of inflation, and with the presence of this article, the law does not need to be amended again because it gave the authority to the executive authority to The necessary procedures in this regard,
” he added , “The heirs of retirees receive low salaries that do not meet the needs in light of the high prices, in addition to the fact that there are retirees who are within the sixth, fifth and fourth grades who feel unfair compared to other salaries, and therefore the government is required to increase salaries in a manner commensurate with the current circumstance. So that retirees can cover their daily requirements of food, medicine, etc.).
He added, "The retirement authority is deliberately harming this segment that has spent its youth in the service of the state, and we are supportive of peaceful demonstrations that demand legitimate rights, provided that the demands are unified."
In turn, the legal expert, Tariq Harb, said yesterday that (the text of the article left the authority to estimate the increase to the government, and there are articles in the constitution similar to this text of the law and urging the government to provide free education and adequate housing for citizens, but we find it not applied, although the constitution is higher than any law).
He added that (the increase that came in the text of the article is astounding, and according to the current circumstance, the government needs to determine the amount of the increase through legislation to amend the law).
Retirees threatened to take escalatory steps, in protest against the deterioration of salaries. And they said in conversations with the newspaper that (officials enjoy salaries and benefits that are almost astronomical, and do not pay attention to retirees who have been demanding for years an increase in salaries, as they have been abundant on this segment to live and enjoy the wealth of their country and remove most of them from need and want), calling on the government and Parliament (to make the effort and work on Meeting the demands of retirees in a way that guarantees them a decent life for themselves and their families).
The retirees explained that (most of them receive salaries that are not equivalent to the poverty line set by the Ministry of Planning, where the salaries they receive are not sufficient to secure the needs, and we hoped that this budget would be something that would do justice to the retirees), threatening to (resort to escalating steps such as sit-ins and demonstrations if the government did not establish salary increase).
They pointed out that (the prices of goods and needs are constantly increasing, and salaries are not commensurate with this continuous rise in prices, and officials should pay attention to the conditions of retirees and meet the legitimate demands)./ End[/rtl]