Today: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Brain drain rushes to mechanics!

 Mehshekan: The brain drain is not specific to the elite and educated people. In some jobs and occupation, the improper conditions, especially the low wages in Iran, have led to flee of a significant number of business owners and car repairers.

 

The inequality of wages in Iran in relation with the kind of work done by mechanics has caused foreign companies and institutions attract some of them, especially in neighboring countries  and  Persian gulf countries. In the United Arab Emirates, they are paying good money to Iranian repairers, and the working conditions there are better than our own country.

This is what Alireza Nika Ayeen, chairman of the car repairing association, says.

He, whose office is often full of mechanics and, in some cases, owners of the vehicles who protest against the process of repairing, in an interview with our correspondent, emphasizes that his and the members of the board of directors of the union’s main goal is to correct the culture of interaction between repairers and the car owners.

Here is the detail of mehsekan’s correspondent interview with Alireza Nika Ayeen, chairman of the car repairing association:

 
  • -What is the mechanism and the basis for determining the wages of mechanics? Is it correct that some mechanics receive wages beyond the normal limits?

In the second part of our wage guide, we refer to the methodology of automakers from all over the world before determining repairing prices. They have a pay-as-you-go table, and on that basis the repair rate is determined. Of course, we have localized the rates and the rates are less than normal.

 
  • -Is the remuneration paid for repairs and mechanics fair?

In comparison with the countries around the world, the remuneration of work in this sector in Iran is low. For example, Mercedes Benz repairs hourly wage is 19.5 euros, but we our hourly wage  is 5 thousand Tomans (about 1 and a half US dollar).

The fact that many of our mechanics tend to work overseas is because the wage rate in the country is low. A large number of Iranian repairers and mechanics operate in Erbil, Iraq or the United Arab Emirates now, as they pay a decent salary. Therefore, this may affect the quality of the work.

 
  • -Mechanical job in our country is often traditional, and it is less likely that someone with academic education will do his or her job in this profession. So would you please explain the technical and empirical mix of your union members?

At one point, we concluded that the union has many problems. We had one thousand and 680 members, but most of those working in it were over 50 years old and investing on them was wrong. To change the situation, we chose 45 inspectors from the members of the union. Now, and over the past 3 years, our members number has reached 4,800. Old members left and new members joined the union. Various guarantees have been taken from newcomers.

 
  • -To what extent do you accept that many of your employees in the union are not really expert mechanics, but spare parts changers?

I totally disagree with this, because nowadays spare parts of cars have high quality and solidity and can be repaired after failure.  But, in many cases the cost of repairing and replacement is more than purchasing a new part and vehicle owners prefer to use new pieces rather than paying a lot for repairing them. So replacing the piece is more affordable, and many people do the same in almost everywhere in the world. Secondly, it is often not easy to replace parts. For example, the replacement of a water pump can’t be done by the owner or the driver and must be taken to an expert mechanic.

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