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Protest led to disruption of water supplies from Dukan

  2021-04-11  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Non-contract employees from Sulaimani-Dukan 2nd water supply line protest overdue salaries and temporary employment in Dukan, Sulaimani on April 11, 2021. Photo/Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Several non-contract employees from Sulaimani-Dukan 2nd water supply line went on strike on Sunday (April 11) in protest of overdue salaries and temporary employment.

The employees, who consisted of 65 workers, suspended pumping of water supply to a number of areas in Sulaimani governorate.

The protesters gathered outside of their workplace holding banners that said “I will not waste 10 years of my service,” “No to remain as non-bond workers, our fate is unclear” and “I am not a ghost employee, it is my right to have a clear future.”

They read a letter during a press conference and demanded permanent employment and asked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to pay their salaries that they have not received in the last four months.

The KRG has accepted rooms for on-bond and non-bond positions, among them for teachers, where they are paid a lump sum per months or days for their active service. The payment is lower than for permanent employment.

The KRG installed several austerity measures in 2014 to purportedly fight an economic and financial crisis in a bid to save some cash to pay its bloated wage bill, such as a suspension to permanent employment.

(Zhyan English)