Over 70 percent of offices closed as civil servants strike

Island council office closed as civil servants go on strike | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – The Maldives Civil Servants Association states that civil servants at over 70 percent of government offices did not attend work today as part of the civil servants’ strike.

The association said that while more wished to participate, they did not due to fear of repercussions. They further added that the island councils are showing support of the movement by closing offices today.

The demands by the civil servants include,

  • Increasing salary of entry level employees
  • Advancements in accordance with certificates
  • Similar bonuses as political appointees
  • Implementation of minimum wage
  • Additional allowances for administrative positions at schools

While the civil servants went on strike today demanding an official statement by the government, the President of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Mohamed Nasih, yesterday, 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.

The National Pay Commission earlier today released a press brief stating that the revised pay framework will be released sometime this year. The new pay framework will include the minimum wage, revised wages for entry-level employees, and revised salaries for various jobs.

The Pay Commission stated that the new pay framework will be effective as of 2022.