CAIRO: Former Minister of Finance Samir Radwan said he is against the implementation of a maximum wage, stressing that such an approach would deprive workers of their rights and not meet demands for social justice.
“The wages problem in Egypt should not determine a maximum wage while implementing the minimum wage,” said Radwan.
In an interview with Dream TV channel, Radwan said that implementing the minimum wage achieves social justice for 6.5 million Egyptian working in the public sector, adding that the government should do its best to support the implementation process.
Social justice was one of the main objectives raised by Egyptian demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution. However, a state of controversy was raised over how to implement the social justice. Many observers stressed the need for implementing the minimum and maximum wage, while others called for improving services provided to citizens in different sectors.
According to Watan Newspaper, Minister of Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour said the concept of social justice is not limited to the issue of a minimum wage. He added, “Social justice could be achieved if citizens found suitable health and educational services and suitable job opportunities. We would achieve social justice if we implemented equality and citizenship.”
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said that implementing the minimum wage is limited to workers in the government sector. It clarified in a March 20 statement that the effects of the measure will not extend to the unemployed or workers in other sectors.