A photo of the petition signed by 27 lawmakers, calling on the Kurdistan Parliament to illegalize and put an end to salary cuts in its session on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The appeal issued by Kurdistan Justice Group (KJG) MP Omar Gulpi
SULAIMANI – 27 lawmakers at the Kurdistan Parliament have filed a petition, seeking the illegalization and putting an end to salary cuts imposed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) since 2020, a lawmaker said on Wednesday (July 7).
The lawmakers across the political spectrum have called on the Parliament presidency to put in the agenda a motion on Thursday to “recognize salary cuts as illegal" they said in the appeal, issued by
Kurdistan Justice Group (KJG) MP Omar Gulpi.
The MPs are also calling on the KRG to “restore all the revenues to the public treasury and paying salary in accordance with laws.”
"We will not give up. This is the duty of a parliamentarian," Gulpi said.
Throughout 2020, the KRG missed five months’ worth of salaries to its public servants and paid one in full and slashed others by either eighteen or twenty-one percent citing the COVID-19 pandemic, budget with Baghdad and low oil prices.
The KRG has slashed the public pays by 21 percent in the first five months in 2021 and has started paying salaries by the same cuts for June.
On June 28, Secretary of KRG Council of Ministers said that
the government $31.6 billion in debt, including an amount of nearly $4.5 billion increased to the KRG’s debts since May 2020 when Prime Minister Masrour Barzani took office.