Restructuring Egypt's administrative apparatus won't disrupt people's livelihoods: Sisi

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Aug 2015

Efforts to address 'inefficiencies' in Egypt's bureaucratic apparatus won't lead to redundancies, says President El-SIsi

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Employees of Tax Authority protest the new civil service law in front of the Journalist Syndicate in downtown Cairo, Egypt, 10 August 2015 (Photo: Randa Ali)

Egypt's recently issued civil services law aims to restructure the country's administrative apparatus, not to cut wages and lay off employees, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in a in a speech at a cultural seminar organised by the army's department of morale affairs held Sunday in Cairo's military El-Galaa Theatre.

"We are re-organising the apparatus, but we do not want to disrupt livelihoods," he said.

El-Sisi described the size of the administrative apparatus, with almost seven million employees, as "unnatural" before explaining that the aim [of reform] is not to reduce the size.

Last week, thousands of Tax Authority and Ministry of Antiquities employees demonstrated outside the Journalists' Syndicate in Downtown Cairo to demand the annulment of the law that was passed in the absence of a parliament in March.

The employees raised objections against on provisions in the law which facilitate laying off employees, and also against the reduction of the annual wage increase from 10 percent to five percent.

The new wage structure went into effect in July at the beginning of the new fiscal year.

The government says that the new civil service law aims to reform Egypt’s administrative apparatus in order to encourage investment by curbing bureaucratic inefficiencies, streamlining hiring practices and wage structures in government institutions.

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