Protests in Kurdistan over delayed salary payments

Teacher demonstrations to denounce the delay of paydays in Sulaimaniya
Teacher demonstrations to denounce the delay of paydays in Sulaimaniya


( Protests over the staff and workers’ salaries delay, amid threats of strike action, have taken place in Sulaymaniyah city in Kurdistan. The protests come on the back of oil prices drop and debt accumulation following a financial dispute between Erbil and Baghdad, according to IraqiNews reporter in Iraq.

The Kurdistan region of Iraq is witnessing an economic crisis that caused protests in Sulaimaniya over the delayed salary payments. The employees threatened to take strike action, while one hundred and ten thousand people have lost their jobs as a result of the bankruptcy of three hundred companies in the recent months.

Some analysts criticized the head of the local parliament for appointing one and ninety advisors and staff with privileges, as well as criticizing Baghdad, which had declined to pay its share in the budget to Kurdistan since February 2014, due to its financial deficit.

Moreover, the Kurdish parliamentarians criticized the Iraqi government for abstaining from sending money to Erbil, though it still send salaries to areas under the ISIS control in Nineveh and Salahuddin.

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