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"Astronomical" Salaries Paid to Iranian Oil Chiefs, Says Judge

Managers in the Iranian oil industry are being paid unjustifiably high salaries, Justice Naser Seraj the head of the General Inspection Office of Iran (GIO) this week, according to the Iranian website Alef.

Seraj stated that many managers of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) were earning well IRR5mn (USD165,000) per annum with the head of the oil financing corporation earning IRR6.8bn (USD226,000).

This compares to the national average household income of IRR106mn (USD6,700) in urban areas and IRR59mn (USD3,750) in rural areas.

Income inequality is a particularly sensitive issue for Ahwazi Arabs who live in oil producing areas. around Ahwaz, the indigenous Ahwazi Arab population suffers high levels of poverty due to discrimination in the workplace. Poor pay has been the focus of informal strike action by many Arab workers.

Report contributed by Sheyma Ahwazi