RAS AL KHAIMAH // A group of Ministry of Education employees say they have not received pay rises they were entitled to under the directives of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, on National Day in 2012.
Under the directive, salaries of all ministry employees were supposed to be raised, they said.
A total of 7,782 teaching and administrative staff received promotions and salary increases after the decision, but Khaled Al Ameri, a Ras Al Khaimah public school teacher, and at least seven male and female teachers say they did not.
They filed a complaint to the ministry but said they still had not received the increase.
Last year, a group of teachers from RAK went to meet the minister, Hussain Al Hammadi, said Abdulsalam Mohammed, another teacher in the emirate.
“We had made an official request to meet the minister and went to the ministry to share our grievances and ask about the raise,” said Mr Mohammed.
The teachers said the minister declined to meet them.
They filed a grievance claim stating that despite meeting conditions that made them eligible for the pay rise, they had not received a response as to why they did not get it.
“We don’t get promoted and we don’t get raises or any incentives from the ministry,” Mr Al Ameri said. “At least give us the raise that was granted to us.”
M M said that there was a large group of teachers that did not get the promotion, not just the eight who signed the complaint.
M M, who has been a teacher for 13 years, said the number of teachers who did not receive the increase may be as high as half of the Emirati staff in each school.
“In one house you will find two siblings who are both teachers and one would have gotten the raise and the other will have not,” he said.
“My friend’s parents did not believe him when he told them he didn’t get a raise, because his brother received it.”
A rise also involves an increase in employment grade.
M M said his pay grade meant that he could not find other jobs that would reflect his years of experience.
Source: uae news