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We will take legal actions if KRG continues cutting salary: MP

  2021-04-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Sherko Jawdat (CL) speaks to reporters at Kurdistan Parliament, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 21,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Sherko Jawdat said on Wednesday (April 21) that the continuation of the  public salary cuts by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will be a violation to the recently federal budget law passed by the Iraqi parliament in late March.

“The government should not have the courage to continue the decision to slash salary,” Jawdat said in a news conference at the Kurdistan Parliament.

He said about 43 signatures had been collected to summon KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and Ministry of Finance and Economy Awat Janab to answer questions about their future mechanisms for distributing public pays.

“We will take legal measures against the government and file lawsuit against them if salary cuts will carry on,” he said, threatening taking legal measures with the courts in the Kurdistan Region and the federal authority for the same purpose. 

“According to the latest data by the federal finance ministry, the Kurdistan Region’s overall budget share is 11.4 trillion dinars if we divide it into 12 months, it will amount to 953 billion dinars,” Jawdat said, “The KRG needs just 889 billion IQD to pay the public sector employees even without its reforms.”

On March 31, Iraq's Council of Representative passed the belated budget bill after several delays in recent months and disputes among the political blocs, especially between the Kurdistan KRG and the federal authority.

If abides by, the KRG will receive 13.9 percent share from the estimated at 129 Iraqi dinars trillion ($89 billion) budget if it obeys its obligations in the budget law. Unlike the previous years, the KRG will not get any share if it fails to live up to its duties. 

The cash-strapped KRG cabinet of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani still unable to pay its wage payroll on in full without cuts following the rise of the global crude oil prices.

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 Ministry of Finance and Economy has not revealed its plans on how to distribute salary for this month so far, but several lawmakers and officials are alleging it will be again cut by 21 percent. 

(Zhyan English)