Al-Sisi orders withdrawal of government’s appeal against court decision to increase pensions

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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi ordered the government on Thursday to withdraw its appeal against the High Administrative Court ruling issued in February concerning the right of pensioners to receive annual increases to their pensions.

The president directed the government to refer the issue to the state council’s general assembly to give its opinion as per the ruling, Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said in a statement.

Al-Sisi also discussed proposals submitted by a committee that was formed to enact reforms in the wage system, ordering the government to take required measures on that score.

In March 2017, the Administrative Court of Justice accepted a lawsuit filed by the head of the General Union for Pensioners, Al-Badri Farghaly, against the prime minister to require the government to add 80% of the last five wage raises during their work period and before reaching their pension age to the current pension beneficiaries.

However, the ministry of social solidarity appealed the ruling before the Supreme Administrative Court, and the Social Insurance Authority obtained a ruling from the Court of Urgent Matters in April last year, to temporarily stop the implementation of the Administrative Court’s ruling.

On 21 February 2019, Egypt’s High Administrative Court ruled that post-2006 pensioners have the right to receive annual increases from the government, putting an end to a lawsuit that started in March 2018 against the government by the General Union for Pensioners, which was headed by long-time workers and Farghaly.

The Egyptian government declared-following the court ruling-that it would appeal the decision.

The Egyptian President held a meeting on Thursday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and the ministers of finance, social solidarity and planning as well as Abbas Kamel, the head of the General Intelligence Service in order to discuss the matter.

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