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Hike in pay-scales for public sector employees draws criticism

Several experts have warned against approving new pay-scales for public sector employees without conducting a property study about the nation’s economy, as it could lead to inflation during the first quarter of next year.

In fact, the experts emphasized, on developing the production capacity of employees, to ease economic burden on the country. Nearly 90percent of total workforce in Kuwait and other GCC nations are in government sector, and therefore, majority of the national budget is being spent on salaries and allowances.

Political Science professor, Abdullah Al-Shaji, said that the situation, however, is now affordable with high oil income, which can cover the cost of proposed increments. But, the situation may go bad if the oil prices go down, he warned.

Al-Shaji criticized the politicians who supported the rise in salaries to serve their electoral interests.

Meanwhile, another economic expert, Hajjaj Bukhadour, said that the manner in which the government has been handling the pay rise demands reflects its inability to execute the development plan. He emphasized on the need to conduct a brief study on economic situation and improving production capacity of employees.

A Psychology professor at Kuwait University, Dr. Kheder Al-Baroun, is of the opinion that the lack of trust between public sector employees and the government is the cause for the recent protests. He blamed the government for ignoring the workers’ demands, particularly, the growing clamour for equality among employees in public institutions.

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