Egypt's cabinet dismisses reports of higher minimum wage, mandatory military service for women

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Jan 2017

Cabinet Meeting
File Photo: Egypt's Cabinet during a ministerial meeting (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian cabinet has dismissed media reports that it was considering either raising the minimum wage to EGP 1500, or implementing compulsory military service for women.

The cabinet's Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) said on its website Tuesday evening that it communicated with officials in the planning ministry who described the media reports as "inaccurate."

The last time the government raised the minimum wage for public sector employees was in 2014.

In September 2013, the government announced it would raise the minimum monthly wage for all public sector workers from EGP 700 to 1,200, starting in January 2014.

According to figures from state statistics body CAPMAS, the country registered a workforce of 27.2 million in the second quarter of 2013, of which the public sector employs about one third.

In another statement published Tuesday evening, the IDSC denied recent reports it was considering mandatory military service for women in the Egyptian Armed Forces.

According to the IDSC, officials at the Ministry of Social Solidarity denied these reports, saying that all university and higher institute graduates are already required in accordance with the law to perform public service.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Social Solidarity said in a press release that according to Public Service Act No. 76 of 1973, young people of both sexes are obliged to perform community service twice after graduation in assignments given by the ministry.

This includes males who have served their compulsory military service and those who have completed their university education.

Community service assignments vary from giving literacy classes, to supervising children at orphanages, to participating in family planning campaigns, the ministry said. 

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