Workers’ salary of 8 million tomans only covers 40% of the livelihood basket – rahnam

According to the economic reporter of rahnam News Agency, there are currently about 15 million workers in the country who work in various service and production sectors. Workers, like other strata of society, have been working in the country since the beginning of the revolution and have walked alongside the people in all hardships and sweets, lows and highs.

Workers are among the strata that have suffered a lot in economic turmoil, inflation and stagnation. A group that is considered the basis of economic developments and turning the wheels of the country’s economy, but at the time of decisions, the last attention has always been paid to them.

The root of labor problems can be seen in two areas, first from the point of view of government decisions and economic structure, that is, in a way, an external factor, and second, the structure of the labor and trade union society, or in other words, an internal factor; The internal factor is the lack of a strong labor organization, and the external factor is the government’s view and thinking, which still forces the worker when determining wages.

Despite the fact that the workers protested about the wages in the past few months, the authorities did not pay attention to it.

Not long ago, Ali Hossein Raiti Fard, the deputy of labor relations, said that salaries and wages are far from the poverty line: Every year, we determine a specific rate for the subsistence basket, which was about 13 million and 100 thousand Tomans for 1402. About 64% of it is covered by the salary of 1402. The number and figure of the annual salary in the Supreme Labor Council is determined tripartitely according to the prevailing conditions of the labor market and the economy of different companies. In 1401 and 1402, the number we have reached an agreement covers more than 60% of the basket and was higher than all the rates that were determined in previous years. May God make a better decision for the new year.

*Government Spokesman: Workers’ salaries are still low despite the increase to 7,900,000 Tomans.

Ali Bahadari, the spokesperson of the government, says about the salary of the labor force: In the area of ​​the minimum salary of the workers, it should be acknowledged that this salary was about 32 million Rials in 1999, which has now increased to 79 million Rials, which is of course low, at the same time, the subsidy for individuals is from 500 thousand Rials. It reached 4 million Rials and this shows that the government’s direction in the last 2 years has been more towards paying attention to the lower class.

He has stated: There was also a problem with the issue of minimum wage earners. In the last 2 years, in presenting the budget bill to the parliament, the government proposed to increase the salary of minimum wage earners by 30% and the maximum wage earners by 10%, that is, a reverse stair case in favor of the lower classes, which Of course, every two years, the parliament did not agree with this proposal.

*Wages will finally be restored?

According to rahnam, Mohammadreza Tajik, the representative of the workers in the Supreme Labor Council, said in an interview that in the next meeting of the Supreme Labor Council, which will be held at the end of November, the livelihood and provision of housing for the workers will be reviewed.

The meeting of the Supreme Labor Council was held on the 8th of November, and while the workers were expecting the issue of livelihood and wages to be raised, there was no news about the restoration of workers’ wages, and suggestions were made about assigning electronic bins to workers and providing workers’ housing.

The representative of the workers in the Supreme Labor Council said about the focus of the upcoming session of the Supreme Labor Council: In the previous meeting, we had several agendas, including the draft classification of jobs, which had amendments, and other issues such as the exemption of charities from the inclusion of some articles of the labor law, which were not carried out and the request We wanted to have a review of livelihood as well, and the opinion of the Minister of Labor was to have a review of livelihood and especially housing in the next session.

Tajik continued: “Housing covers a significant part of workers’ expenses, that’s why the Minister of Labor’s opinion was that solutions to help provide housing for workers should be reviewed in the next meeting.” Based on this, we ask social partners and labor and employer organizations, if they have an opinion and suggestion in this field, they can present it for the plan in the next meeting. Also, we requested that the issue of livelihood be carefully examined in a committee under the Supreme Labor Council, and the deputy of labor relations of the Ministry of Labor was appointed to provide the necessary preparations for holding a meeting of the livelihood and wage committee.

According to rahnam, labor market activists believe that workers are facing many challenges such as not having job security, not having proper insurance, not registering work history in some cases and reducing purchasing power, among which not having job security is considered the most important challenge.

This group has always faced problems such as lack of job security, expensive housing, reduction in purchasing power and increase in the price of basic consumer goods, lack of insurance and lack of registration of work history, and in recent years, with the spread of Corona and the reduction of job opportunities.

Workers, like other strata of society, need to provide expenses such as education, health, treatment and other current expenses in addition to the main costs of living.

Based on the salary rate of 1402, a worker with one child receives about 8 million Tomans, while according to the workers themselves, their livelihood basket is around 20 million Tomans, which means that only 40% of the livelihood basket is covered by wages. .

In addition to economic issues, the implementation of temporary contracts is another problem for workers. Experts say that in the implementation of a temporary contract (seasonal or 6 months), all kinds of abuses take place against the worker, and the worker is unable to pursue it due to lack of documents.

Experts say that if the worker is comfortable with his future job, he will have more productivity and higher work efficiency, and this increase in productivity will ultimately benefit the country’s economy.

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