By Staff writer
UAE government finance minister says salaries for Grades 7-14 are already sufficient - report
The UAE government finance minister has told the FNC that there are no plans to give pay rises to public sector employees.
The Minister of Finance, Obaid Al Tayer, told the FNC that salaries for government workers between Grades 7 and 14 were sufficient, according to a report in The National newspaper.
“There has been a 45 per cent addition in the salaries timetable,” Al Tayer said. “Since 2012, on the basic salary nationals filling these grades enjoy a AED600 allowance for each newborn child, without a cap on the number of children, and a AED125 annual bonus.”
Sultan Al Shamsi, a FNC member from Ajman, argued that minimum salaries should be reviewed, given the rising cost of living in the UAE.
“The overall salary of federal government Grade 10 employees under the married category is AED7,976 a month. Once pension contributions are deducted, the amount is just AED7,500,” Al Shamsi said.
“The lowest retirement salary is Dh10,000. Is it logical that an employee who goes to work every day earns Dh5,000, while one who is sleeping at home receives Dh10,000?” he added.
Employees with a middle-school education are in Grades 11 to 14.
Al Tayer the entire salary structure would have to be amended if those grades were adjusted.
“We don’t think now is a suitable time to amend,” he said.
The salaries are of course low, especially for non Emiratis. They are living in very strange situation. Most of them are Pakistanis , who can earn almost double salaries in their own country with cheap food , they had to work in UAE due to political disturbance in their own country . As such they are unwillingly working and living in UAE. Most horrible and dreadful situation is in the night when low paid salaried labourers sleeps in downtown bus stop sheds and even in the open desert with packing materials cartons as their bed. More than 10 person used to sleep sharing in one room of hardly 10 sq.ft. as they cannot pay the monthly room rent which is around AED 3000/month as minimum, how can you survive salary of AED 800 - 1000 / month .
I request to get the blessing of these poor workers with raised average salary that can breathe and earn at least some amount for their family.