According to Tejarat News, government employees are richer than the average in Iran. The controversial issue was recently announced by the Parliamentary Research Center, which explained that according to data from the Household Expenditure-Income Calculation Plan in 1998, about 80 percent of government employees were in the top five income deciles. That is, their living conditions were better than the average society.
Of these, 60 percent of government employees were in the top three income deciles and about 23 percent were in the top ten. In the continuation of this report, the Parliamentary Research Center criticized the government’s request for a 25% increase in employees’ salaries in 1400 and explained that the budget belongs to the government to all Iranians and the government should not spend it among its employees. . Rather, these resources should be paid to the weaker strata.
The poor have been compared to the poorer
The report by the Parliamentary Research Center met with a backlash from many economists and the general public. Davood Souri, an economist, believes that it is true that government employees have a minimum wage and have always been at the forefront of receiving supportive assistance, but the report shows that the general public has become poorer, which has led employees to higher income deciles.
Hemmat Gholizadeh, an economist, also believes that claiming that employees are rich is not a valid claim. In fact, this report has compared the poor with the poorer, and the financial situation of the Iranian public has lagged behind, and the public’s purchasing power has sharply decreased.
Peyman Molavi, secretary of the Iranian Association of Economists, has also protested against the unfair distribution of resources, arguing that a large part of the country’s public budget is spent on government employees’ salaries, and that the government prints money wherever there is a budget deficit. It provides the price of imposing inflation on the general public. He believes that the government should make its body smaller.
Employees are rich
On the other hand, Twitter users reacted differently to the report of the Parliamentary Research Center. Some of these users wrote that employees have fixed salaries, insurance and job security in any situation. In addition, they receive many welfare benefits, including a variety of low-cost loans, corporate housing, amenities and tourism facilities, and so on.
These users believe that the many benefits of government jobs have led the Iranian people to turn to employee and desk jobs. Twitter users also wrote that the useful working hours of Iranian employees are very low and they work much less than private sector employees.
Users who believe that there is a lot of discrimination between government employees and other groups say that whenever the government wants to distribute subsidies or livelihoods, it puts its employees at the forefront and there are many cases where workers with false and seasonal jobs have not been able to get subsidies. But government employees have all received all kinds of subsidies and equity shares.
Employees are not rich
Opposition users have also tried to cite the report of the Parliamentary Research Center, citing examples of government employees’ salaries and salaries. They cite, for example, the low salaries of teachers and government service workers. Meanwhile, some employees have said that despite having high educational qualifications and more than 10 years of work experience, they have little income. These include employees of the Cultural Heritage and Agricultural Jihad offices.
However, dissident users wrote in response that Iranian workers work without adequate insurance coverage and with a minimum wage of twice the working hours of teachers. They also point to the months of teacher closure and the high number of teachers, and say that they are more suitable than most Iranians for the general level of wages in Iran and the limited resources of the government budget.
The report comes at a time when the value of many goods and commodities has multiplied with the fall in the value of the rial, but last year the government added only 15 to 20 percent to the salaries of employees, workers and retirees. The Social Security Agency’s Pensioners’ Center reports that about 70 percent of retirees are minimum wage earners, and the same ratio is set by the Supreme Workers’ Association for workers’ wages.
In addition, trade unions say that many private-sector employers do not comply with the minimum wage, and that many workers receive less than the minimum wage.