Civil servants’ protest enters second day, many go on strike

Civil servants stage a silent protest on September 20, 2021.

Dhivehi Civil Servants Association (DCSA) that civil servants continued with their silent protest this Monday, and that roughly 70 percent of office workers have not joined work. 

Civil servants across Maldives reported to work on Sunday wearing black in silent protest demanding a positive change to their pay and the expedition of declaration of a minimum wage. 

Civil servants wear black in a silent protest on September 19, 2021. (Photo/Civil Servants Association)

DCSA – which organized the protest – had warned civil servants would go on strike if authorities fail to address their concerns. 

National Pay Commission issued a statement in response to the protest on Monday morning, in which the commission said that the new civil service pay framework being compiled by the commission will eliminate differences in pay between different state institutions. The commission also said a minimum wage will be declared within this year, which will bring about positive changes to the pay of the lowest ranked civil servants. 

A representative from DCSA told Sun on Monday afternoon that they find the Pay Commission’s response unacceptable. 

The representative said that 70 percent of office workers went on strike this Monday due to their displeasure over the commission’s response. 

“The workers reported to their offices as required under the regulations and went on strike. It’s the council members and in-charges who know their situation best right? So, they are being very cooperative to the workers,” said the DCSA representative. 

In respond to the Pay Commission’s promise that a minimum wage will be declared this year, DCSA said the minimum wage should be the basic pay. 

“The minimum wage needs to be the basic pay. The minimum wage should not be set with allowances,” said the representative. 


  • Declaring a minimum wage as soon as possible 
  • Paying civil servants a living allowance, same as political appointees and judicial workers 
  • Paying civil servants who engage in financial work a risk allowance 
  • Granting promotions based on educational credentials for all civil service posts 
  • Pay increment for positions between SS1 and MS1 – which are not part of a special framework 
  • Uninterrupted annual bonuses 
  • Promotions to civil servants who score above 85 percent 
  • Removing limit on OT 

The protest by the civil servants also promoted an emergency motion at the Parliament on Monday morning, urging authorities to expedite the completion of the new pay framework and increase pay of civil servants.