The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced it will take the finance to court to resolve the on-going civil servant salary dispute.
“We will go to the judicial courts and claim for the amount reduced from the salaries of civil servants,” the CSC said today in a statement.
The CSC said that receiving “full payment for their work” was a right for all civil servants, and advised them to be patient and continue working.
Press secretary for the president’s office Mohamed Zuhair said he preferred the dispute be resolved through discussions.
”I advise the CSC not to take the matter to court as first option,” he said, claiming that “some people are trying to use this situation as a political weapon.”
Zuhair said the government would defend itself if the CSC filed a lawsuit against it.
A senior staff member at the attorney general’s office today said staff would continue striking until their salaries were restored, even though the CSC has said it would not support strikes.
He gave the government three options: “restore the salary, agree to give us the money we have lost after the government’s economic condition stabilises, or reduce working hours,” he said.
He claimed the government had no legal action standing in court over the matter.
”We are planning to go to the courts, or to wait until the dispute between the CSC and the finance ministry ends,” he added, noting that only a few staff at the AG’s office presented for work today.
The finance ministry had not responded to Minivan News at time of press.