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Thu 8 Mar 2012 03:19 PM

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Disgruntled Kuwaitis unhappy with pay offer

Salaries set to increase 20%-40%, but fall short of labour union demands

Disgruntled Kuwaitis unhappy with pay offer
MP Mohammad Hayef added that any general salary increase which fell short of the 60-100 percent range was unacceptable.

Kuwait has
announced plans to boost base salaries to public sector employees by between 20
and 40 percent, the Al Rai newspaper has reported.

Increases are
expected to cover all Kuwaitis working in the public and private sectors, as
well as retired citizens and those covered by social insurance, according to
the daily, which quoted sources familiar with a Civil Service Council meeting.

However, citizens
are reportedly disappointed with the plans, which fail to take account of
allowances and pay raise requests made by labour unions in numerous state
departments, who are threatening to stage labor strikes.

MP Mohammad Hayef
added that any general salary increase which fell short of the 60-100 percent
range was unacceptable.

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