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New Generation MP takes legal actions against KRG over employees’ salaries

Sent warning to the KRG
2019-06-16

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SULAIMANI — New Generation lawmaker Kawa Abdulqadir has started taking legal actions against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for not paying three months’ worth of salary payment to the employees.

Lawmaker Abdulqadir said in a post to his official Facebook account on Sunday (June 16) that he had commenced the legal actions against the KRG through the Notary Public Office in Erbil.

The lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament sent a warning to the KRG through the notary office to make a decision to pay the employees’ salaries within 15 days.

He said the KRG had violated the federal budget law for 2019.

“It is illegal to not pay salaries of the three months to the employees,” he added.

The lawmaker further said he would file a lawsuit against the KRG at the administrative court in Erbil if the KRG failed to pay the salaries within the 15 days.

On Friday, Abdulqadir said his lawsuit would be based on the Iraqi budget law for 2019 because Baghdad’s budget shares for salary payments started from January not form the last three months of 2018.

Minister of Finance and Economy Rebaz Hamlan said in May that the federal government had transferred five months’ worth of employees’ salaries to the Kurdistan Region in 2019.

Under the terms of the federal budget law passed in January, the Kurdistan Region should submit 250,000 barrels of oil per day to the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO).

In return, Baghdad will transfer 12.67 percent of the federal budget to Erbil.

If there is a dispute, the central government is legally obligated to transfer enough money to pay the salaries of public sector workers in the Kurdistan Region, including Peshmerga.

(NRT Digital Media)