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KazPost manager earns 100 times more than village postman: Senator

29 june 2014, 12:03
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Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©

A huge difference in wages of general and managerial personnel in Kazakh national mail operator KazPost outrages Senator Dzhalmagambetova., Tengrinews reports.

Late last week, the Senate adopted amendments to harmonize the Kazakh legislation regulating postal services with the rules of the Universal Postal Union. However, before approving the law, Senator Svetlana Dzhalmagambetova spoke out for rural postmen.

As an example, she mentioned villages of Zharkainsk district in Akmola Oblast. There are 20 postmen working in the district but all of them taken together are paid only 244,000 tenge per month, or a mere $1330. In April this year the salary of a postman was officially increased from 37,000 Tenge to 44,560 ($243). However, only one of these postmen works full time. All the rest are working part time and have to survive by earning from 8,900 tenge ($48.5) to 12,300 tenge ($67).

"But these same workers bring KazPost 750,000 tenge ($4,085) in fees each month by delivering pensions to pensioners in Zharkainsk rural area,” Dzhalmagambetova said waving hands to the very recent KazPost intention to cut jobs.

According to the Senator, a significant part of the money earned by postmen is spent on salaries of KazPost managerial personnel. "Even upon my written request, they refused to give me the numbers. It turns out that after we adopted the law on Samruk-Kazyna (KazPost is part of the wealth fund), such information became unavailable even to us, the deputies. Well, and for a reason!" Dzhalmagambetova said citing the salaries of KazPost managers that make are much 1.5 million tenge ($8,170) without bonuses and premiums. This means that the managers of KasPost earn 100-150 times more than an average village postman.

"I am far from thinking about looking into someone else's pocket, but the huge difference in wages of the general staff and managerial personnel in combination with insufficient coverage of the population with postal services should, in my opinion, concern the government,” Svetlana Dzhalmagambetova concluded.

The deputy added that the newly addopted document did not address the issues of postal services improvement or guarantees of  availability of postal services on equal terms throughout the country. 

Reporting by Assel Satayeva, writing by Dinara Urazova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina


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