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Government says ‘no’ to granting unjustified financial increments US govt to implement KD 1.7b infrastructure project

 KUWAIT CITY, July 2: The government has refused granting unjustified financial increments to any governmental authority, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting a governmental source. He criticized the way the Labor Union of Public Authority for Social Security is pressurizing the government to approve their demands by continuing their sit-in for the fifth week in a row.

Stressing that such persistence is not useful for the protestors, the source indicated that they are committing a big mistake because the sit-in is harming a governmental utility, and suspending the transactions and interests of visitors. He explained that the Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh urged for dialogue with the labor union more than once especially after the labor union met the director general to discuss some administrative issues.

He indicated that the minister will submit a strategic alternative to the National Assembly in October for handling the issue of continuous demands for salary hikes and compensations, revealing that the government will not be able to approve any increments at the current time.

The source further revealed that the government will not negotiate with the employees of Public Authority for Social Security as their sit-in lasted for almost five weeks, adding that their salary scale is the same as that of the employees of the two distinguished authorities - Public Authority for Investment and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development where the employees perform their work efficiently without creating problems.

Meanwhile, MP Abdul Hameed Dashti hopes the recruitment of 162 employees for the Anti-Corruption Authority will be reconsidered in order to ensure justice for all, reports Al-Shahed daily. Dashti asserted the corruption ‘odor’ is now spread all over body, which should start fighting against corruption from inside. He wishes that it will be proven in the future there are MPs willing to fight against corruption.

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