Unclear who’s actually protesting: Civil Service Commission

Civil servants wear black in silent protest across Maldives | Photo: Haftha

Malé, Maldives – The President of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Mohamed Nasih has said that it is unclear who is protesting, regarding the silent protest held today by civil servants of Maldives.

Speaking to local news Sun, Nasih said that while civil servants are perceived to be protesting, no civil servants groups have contacted the commission or shared concerns.

However, the President of CSC said that he has full faith in the Pay Commission that they will increase the pay of civil servants at the earliest date. Nasih also said that the wages of civil servants are a concern of the commission and they have sent a salary increase structure to the Pay Commission earlier.

Nasih emphasized that the pay increase for civil servants is a presidential pledge of incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

However, he said that the new pay structure is yet to be implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nasih said that the commission has been informed that a higher pay structure will come to effect sometime this year.

26,668 employees represent 26,668 families. Why can’t we get similar living allowances as political appointees… We do all the work. Pay us our worth.

Maldives Maldives Civil Servants Association

The protest is organized by the Maldives Civil Servants Association, who has warned that the civil servants would go on strike tomorrow, 20 September 2021, if the authorities neglect to address their concerns.