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Ahram Online: Wages in Egypt: Restructuring remuneration

Al-Sisi also called for an overhaul of the wage system and is scheduled to review the Ministry of Finance’s plans within a month.
31.03.19 | Interesting article at Ahram Online

To the delight of pensioners, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi ordered the Ministry of Social Solidarity last week to withdraw its appeal against a High Administrative Court ruling issued in February on the right of pensioners to receive annual increases to their pensions.

The court had ordered the government to include 80 per cent of the last five special allowances received by government employees since 2010.

Since 2006 the Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI) has overlooked the special allowances the insured received in the last five years before retirement.

A group of pensioners had petitioned for their right to receive the special allowances based on a 2005 ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court that granted pensioners the right to receive the allowances. Another group of pensioners appealed the PASI decision on the grounds it was unconstitutional before the Supreme Constitutional Court in 2013.

Al-Sisi also called for an overhaul of the wage system and is scheduled to review the Ministry of Finance’s plans within a month.

The government is seeking to reform the wage system in the coming fiscal year in line with the president’s directives, said Finance Minister Mohamed Maait.

Media reports suggest the plan to restructure remuneration may see the minimum wage rise to LE1,400 or LE1,600 — 17 or 33 per cent — from the current LE1,200, a figure that has not changed since January 2015.