Public sector pay over summer will depend on KRG’s fiscal health: KRG spokesperson

KRG PM Barzani authorized new borrowing to limit this months’ cut
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson Jotiar Adil in a press conference on July 1, 2020 in Erbil (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said during a press conference on Wednesday (July 1) that the government will calculate and distribute public sector based on its income moving forward.

“The KRG initially decided to cut the salaries of the employees by 34 percent, but the KRG Prime Minister [Masrour Barzani] decided to borrow money and made the cut only 21 percent,” Adil revealed of the internal decision-making process.

He added that the cut in government salaries for this month is set, but that when the new system is put in place it is not certain if salaries will go back up or be cut once again.

Adil also said that all the components of the KRG approved of the cut, referring to the governing parties of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and the Change Movement (Gorran).

Pressed by a massive budget shortfall, the KRG announced on June 21 that it would cut the salaries of public sector workers who earn more than 300,000 Iraqi dinars by 21 percent, prompting protests in Sulaimani.

(NRT Digital Media)