The Revolutionary Socialists Movement said in a statement Sunday it rejects the civil services law issued earlier this month, and that such laws aim for the “liquidation of government employees”.
Egypt ratified the new investment and civil services laws on 12 March ahead of its Economic Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh.
This law “clearly aims for the displacement of [government] workers…who were a target since the days of the ousted Mubarak”, the Revolutionary Socialists said. The group added that the law was issued with no prior collective discussions with workers.
Official state reports claimed the civil services law aims to reform the administrative apparatus, whilst also fixing appointment and wage issues in governmental institutions.
Article 27 of the decree states that if two consecutive annual reports show that a worker is “inefficient”, he or she is to be suspended from work while keeping their “right to a pension”.
Article 28 adds that administrative workers are also to be suspended, while maintaining their pension, if their work is assessed as moderate or below moderate.
The law uses vague wording that “opens the way for lawful displacement of workers”, according to the Revolutionary Socialists.
It also forces workers into early retirement, cancels the 25 January Revolution’s demand for minimum and maximum wages, and serves rampant corruption in the workplace, the movement said.
The movement argued the law was issued without even “the cartoon assemblies that we have got used to”, as well as occurring in parliamentary absence.
In the current condition of parliamentary absence, President Adel Fattah Al-Sisi holds all legislative powers.