Iran: can a civil servant survive on 4 million tomans?
The plight of Iranian workers indicates that the promises of government officials have failed and with the current situation, the role of government in improving the living conditions of workers and low-paid people is nil or negligible.
The working-class community of the country, although lacking decent jobs, is faced with a dizzying and daily increase in the prices of foodstuffs, and the living conditions of this stratum which are classified as low wages have become even more difficult, and yet they are forced to ignore other needs. of their lives, such as housing and clothing.
If until a few years ago only the relative increase in prices and the decrease in the purchasing power of people were taken into account, especially the lower deciles of the country’s society, now with the spread of COVID- 19, many problems have been added to the burden of workers’ problems, especially in the processing sector.
Nowadays, workers face many problems at once, taking every opportunity to even have a normal life. Problems such as lack of insurance, lack of housing, unemployment, lack of reasonable and fixed wages, lack of support and reduced purchasing power.
The current salary of four million covers only a third of the current cost of a normal living, so some workers are forced to turn to bogus and high-risk jobs, an action that can have many social consequences.
These conditions apply to retired workers and employees who are paid monthly. There are many workers whose activities are seasonal and who are constantly looking for temporary work throughout the year to earn a living in any way, which has led them to turn to bogus jobs.
In this situation, one has to wonder if the 39 percent increase in the minimum wage this year, which brings the minimum wage for workers, including all wage benefits, to 4 million even considering the children’s rights which will rise to 4.2 million tomans, is that enough to cover the cost of living? Can civil servants with astronomical salaries get by on receiving $ 4 million and manage the lives of their families even for a day or two?
One of the main reasons for the plight of workers is the Mafia consortium in Iran.
Import mafia, rent-seeking mafia, wealth mafia, recommendation mafia dependent on power, mafia of safe and wealthy living areas, these are the realities that statesmen claim to deal with them, but they are not. is a mirage in the government-led regime mafia and the experience of previous governments has shown that this is not achieved.
The reality is that the conflict of interest mafia is so powerful that it does not allow anyone to fight those who are themselves the source of corruption.
Put aside the misconception that corruption must be found in the bodies of ministries, government agencies and businesses. These are the channels of corruption, and the roots of corruption must be sought in the institutions affiliated with the supreme leader of the regime Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) which have captured the entire economy and are now taking over. government too if we could call it a government at all.
But the expression “wanted” is wrong because there is nothing hidden. The regime’s mafia are so powerful that they act openly and fearlessly.
For example, when the head of the Mostazafan Foundation exposed the corruption of some officials last year, he was threatened in such a way that he had no choice but to repent on television and do so. to ensure its safety.
What is strange is that the Mostazafan Foundation itself is one of the main sources of the regime’s wealth and corruption. This is what has become of the conflict of interest mafia in Iran, which is not between ordinary people and petty criminals but between regime officials.
And the power-dependent recommendation mafia now chooses and puts their desired people in government positions, from friends to family members. Therefore, no one should expect the government of such a corrupt regime to be able to act independently.
Now back to the workers. In such a government, with the presence of such a mafia, high prices and unbridled inflation rising in the country’s economy, how should workers and minimum wage earners manage their lives?
Today, workers are struggling to survive and are undoubtedly ashamed in front of their families.