Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said on Tuesday that proposals concerning the new civil service law will be considered and discussed with experts and the affected departments before the law is implemented.
Earlier this month hundreds of protesters gathered at the press syndicate in downtown Cairo to condemn the law.
They described the law as "problematic" and accused the government of disregarding public sector employees. They claimed it is a direct threat to their professions, opening the door to arbitrary dismissals.
Mahlab responded to criticism of the law in a meeting with representatives from the affected departments, Egypt’s finance minister, and Egypt's planning minister, monitoring and administrative reforms minister, Al-Ahram's Arabic website reported on Tuesday.
The affected departments include the tax authority and customs authority.
Mahlab assured the meeting's attendees that the law comes as the state’s response to the demands for administrative reforms.
Mahlab added that the law aims to motivate diligent employees, and to redress an imbalance between production and wages.
The purpose of the civil service law - passed shortly before Egypt's International Economic Conference in March – is to encourage investment. It aims to reform Egypt’s administrative apparatus by curbing bureaucratic inefficiencies and streamlining hiring practices and wage structures in government institutions.