Saudi civil servants want higher pay

Saudi workers have called for higher salaries amid tough economic situation in the oil-rich kingdom.

The move has been made via Twitter under the name, “The salary is not enough.” It has triggered nearly 18 million tweets on the social network site.

Campaigners demand that Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz order “by decree an increase in the salaries of all civil servants.”

Civil servants say Saudi officials are spreading corruption in the country, victimizing ordinary people.

Some complain that Saudi assets go to foreigners, with the kingdom only receiving five percent of the country’s wealth.

Reports say Saudi Arabia has the lowest average wage among most of its neighboring monarchies.

According to a recent study by insurance companies, the basic monthly pay of a public worker in Saudi Arabia ranges from around $1,050 to nearly $6,600.

Economic consultant Zeid al-Rummani says nearly 80 percent of Saudis are currently living on bank loans.

Saudi Arabia’s official unemployment rate is 12.5 percent. The kingdom’s youth, who make up 60 percent of the population, are mostly affected by the growing jobless rate.

Saudi Arabia has also been witnessing anti-regime demonstrations since 2011.

The protesters were initially calling for the release of political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination. However, the demonstrations turned into protests against the Al Saud regime when security forces killed five protesters in Eastern Province in November 2011.

By Press TV

 

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