At a time when the economic crisis was ravaging the Syrians, complaints escalated that the monthly salaries were not sufficient for one day, while the price hike recorded unprecedented rates.
For his part, the head of the Workers Union in the Syrian government, Jamal al-Qadri, called for amending the salary and wages system for workers in Syrian institutions, pointing out that the minimum wage is not sufficient for one day.
The labor market today suffers from major imbalances
Al-Qadri told Al-Madina Radio, which is close to the regime: “The labor market today suffers from major structural imbalances. The required specializations must be encouraged, given that there is a great shortage of scientifically qualified technical workers in various disciplines, and university admission should not remain linked to grades.”
He pointed out that the minimum salary is not enough for one day, and the salary and wages system needs a radical change, as any salary increase is no longer sufficient.
He added that inflation cannot remain an excuse for not increasing salaries, and the amount of job promotion must be reconsidered.
Reconsideration of labor market legislation
Al-Qadri stressed the need to review all legislation related to the labor market, noting that there are demands to amend Law No. (50) in force to remove obstacles to legitimate labor rights due to its inability to keep pace with labor market developments and attract the necessary competencies for each sector.
The salary increase in Syria is “fake” and a disaster for the economy
The Syrian newspaper “Tishreen” previously quoted the economist Amer Shahda as saying, “Solving monetary problems is much more important than increasing salaries, because solving monetary problems and raising the purchasing power of the lira is in itself an increase in the salary,” as he put it.
Shahda believes that any increase in salaries in light of rampant inflation is “a fake increase, because inflation and high prices will absorb the increase and we will return to the starting point.”
He explained that there are many monetary policies that can be taken, and their results are more important than the results of increasing salaries on the value of the lira, its purchasing power, and on the national economy in general. He asked, “If the salary increase will not solve the problem of the lira’s low purchasing power, are there any alternative solutions?”
The economist stressed that work must be done to “raise the purchasing power of the Syrian pound, curb inflation, raise the ability of income for consumption, and raise demand in the markets, to increase production and export, and without that, increasing salaries is meaningless.”
The deterioration of the Syrian pound
At the same time, the Syrian pound is witnessing a significant deterioration, as the Central Bank of Syria set, today, Wednesday, the exchange rate of the Syrian pound against the dollar for remittances and exchange at 8,100 pounds per dollar.
According to the remittance and exchange bulletin issued today by the Syrian Central Bank, the exchange rate of the Syrian pound against the euro was set at 8,799.84 Syrian pounds for one euro.
Elusive food commodities
This comes amid the high prices invading the tables of the Syrians and their daily food, to keep most of the food commodities out of their reach. Perhaps thyme is the best example of reality. The variety, which was considered the main ingredient of the breakfast table and was described as the food of the poor, began to leave the tables of the people in the areas controlled by the regime to occupy an advanced position in the list of prohibited items. .
The price of a kilo of thyme in the markets of Aleppo reached 30,000 pounds for the first type and 22,000 pounds for the commercial type, which the people described as the outrageous price of a food item that was considered the basic sustenance for them and their children.
Citizens from Aleppo confirmed to the Syrian website “Athar Press” that the thyme sandwich that was supplied to their children for school is no longer available, wondering what their children can eat for breakfast or at school, after the high cost of thyme, which was accompanied by its twin on the table, oil, as the price of a kilo has become 40,000 pounds from it.
Why doubled the price of thyme 4 times during the year?
Over the past period, the price of thyme has increased dramatically, as it was 8 thousand pounds per kilo a year ago, and 6 months ago it reached 15 thousand per kilo, i.e. it has increased four times a year ago, due to the high prices of the materials that go into its manufacture.
In addition, other factors contributed to the rise in thyme prices, including the high costs of energy carriers needed to operate the mills and roasters and the high wages of workers, which negatively affected wholesale or retail sales, according to a spice shop in Aleppo.
Thyme is the main ingredient of the Syrian breakfast table
Thyme is considered one of the most popular foodstuffs that are served for breakfast with olive oil, and it is also famous for its preparation as manakish in both Lebanon and Syria.
Thyme is not considered a single herb, but rather a mixture of several spices commonly used in the Arab world. It is a mixture of wild thyme, rosemary, sumac, sesame, fennel, anise, and thyme. It adds a delicious flavor to several recipes and is considered one of the most popular dishes on the breakfast table, especially in the Levant.
The prices of spices and seasonings in Syria have risen to record numbers, as the price of a kilo of black pepper has reached 50,000 Syrian pounds, prompting many people to buy in ounces or less.
Some owners of shops specialized in selling spices in Damascus said, “The market movement is weak, as the high prices of spices prompted people to buy only small quantities, commensurate with people’s needs and their purchasing power,” according to the “Athar Press” website, which is close to the regime.
The reconstruction of Syria is a condition for the return of refugees
For its part, the Syrian government stipulated that the reconstruction of Syria begin before taking any measures related to the return of Syrian refugees.
After the preparatory meeting that was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in preparation for the upcoming Arab summit, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan said that the meeting discussed many issues, including issues related to countries such as Sudan and Libya, and others related to the return of Syrian refugees.
Sousan linked the return of refugees to reconstruction, as he stated that the regime worked “with all the consequences of amnesty decrees, national reconciliations, and procedures to facilitate the return of refugees, but that return has requirements, the most important of which is the provision of services in the areas of these citizens, and here we realize the correlation between the return of refugees and reconstruction.” to provide them with a dignified return.
He accused the countries imposing sanctions on Syria of obstructing the return of refugees to Syria, saying: “Is the reconstruction taking place in the presence of sanctions and an economic blockade? The countries that practice these coercive measures on the Syrian people are the ones that impede the return of Syrian refugees to their country.”
“Opening for a new era”
In a question about the possibility of “circumventing the sanctions,” Soussan said: “Some people fear that these sanctions will be circumvented, and they are right to do so, but we must overcome this matter because humanitarian aid should not be subject to sanctions, but whoever imposes it on Syria claims falsely that it is not subject to sanctions.” affecting the humanitarian situation,” he said.
Soussan considered that the upcoming Saudi summit will be “the beginning of a new phase of joint Arab action.”
Soussan said, “There is a realization that the Jeddah summit should usher in a new phase of joint Arab action, transcending the past with all the effects that were reflected on our Arab countries and looking forward to the future,” according to what was reported by the Syrian news agency “SANA”.
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