Parliamentary Economic: No intention to reduce the number of employees and the government unable to pay salaries through 2016

Author: ZJ
Editor: BK

2015/12/29 17:14

Long-Presse / Baghdad
Economic Commission parliamentary denied, on Tuesday, there is no intention to reduce state employees over the next year in 2016 to address the financial crisis, while renewed emphasis on the government's ability to pay its employees even in the event of continued decline in oil prices, hinted at the possibility of taking remedial action capable of organizing work and Personnel without "committing or reduce" the number of staff.

A member of the Commission, Najiba Najib, in an interview to the (long-Presse), "The allegations about the government's intention to reduce the number of employees in the next 2016, or some of them deprived of their salaries or reducing hours, are baseless," indicating that "the government is capable, as we said repeatedly, to pay salaries to its workers over the next year. "

She said Najib, that "the rumors propagated by some parties or the media, on alleged actions related to salaries or office hours or the number of employees, is not correct, because the state can meet the financial crisis even with the continuing decline in world oil prices," following up "but the government may resort to reform measures capable of order and organization of work and the personnel department, if oil prices continued to fall in 2017, but it will not be mandatory and will not include reducing the number of staff. "

The news may frequent, on Monday (the 28th of December the current 2015), about the possibility of taking the government austerity measures over the next 2016, to cope with the financial crisis and deficit-winning budget because of lower oil prices, which forced a staff couples to provide unpaid leave for a year.

The MP Najiba Najib, confirmed in (the 23 of December, the current), on Iraq's ability to pay its employees' salaries for the next 2016, even in the event of continuing decline in world oil prices, indicating that the Ministry of Finance the authority to issue bonds and sell them in the Iraqi and international markets to secure salaries in anticipation of the worst-case scenario.

The head of the Council of Ministers, a single count Abadi, in, (the 15th of December, the current), that the decline in world oil prices, "the most serious challenge" facing Iraq next to "terrorism", stressing the government continues to reform and simplify procedures.

The world oil prices have fallen about 60 percent since the summer of 2014 the past.