Kuwait MPs approve wage hike for all
Kuwait City, December 6, 2007
Kuwait's parliament approved a draft law urging the government to raise public and private sector wages for employees earning less than 1,750 dinars ($6,385), al-Qabas and other newspapers said on Thursday.
The draft law, which also covers pensioners, calls for a 50 dinar-per-month pay rise for the workers, the newspapers said.
The resolution still requires government approval, they said.
"There is no need to rush to approve the pay raise," Deputy Prime Minister Faisal al-Haji said, according to al-Rai newspaper. Ministers are considering the matter, he said.
The government and the World Bank are working on a wages study for government employees, which will be completed in February, al-Haji said, according to the newspaper.
Annual inflation in Kuwait hit its highest on record at 6.2 percent in September, driven by soaring oil prices and housing costs. Kuwaiti lawmakers in October called on the government to curb rising prices.
Kuwait's parliament has a say in politics and a long history of challenging the government. - Reuters