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New Generation MP urges Kurdistan Parliament to take up issue of ‘on-bond’ employment contacts

New Generation Movement lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Kawa Abdulqadr during a session in the parlaiment (File)
2020-09-28

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SULAIMANI — New Generation Movement lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Kawa Abdulqadr said on Monday (September 28) that he has sent a proposal to Legislative Committee to put the issue of on-bond public sector workers on its agenda.

In response to the 2014 financial crisis in the Kurdistan Region, the government instituted a number of austerity measures in an effort to save money. Among them was to create a status known as “on-bond,” which offered lower pay and fewer benefits but promised full contracts after a certain period of service.

Many work as teachers, but there are workers operating under this classification at ministries across the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Abdulqadr said on his official Facebook Page that the Kurdistan Parliament should consider a bill giving them full contracts on its agenda, saying that the government had a responsibility to fulfil its promises to its employees.

“On-bond” teachers have protested a number of times across the Kurdistan Region to urge the government to give them full contracts.

There are an estimated 11,000 “on-bond” teachers working in the Region’s schools.

 (NRT Digital Media)