The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has rescinded the letters of transfer sent to its municipal employees, announcing their shift to the Male’ City Council. This decision follows the signing of agreements under the Decentralization Act, transferring the management of Hulhumale’ to the council, effective from Thursday.
The transfer was initially intended to include HDC employees providing municipal services, but faced opposition from some staff members. Mihaaru news reported that employees received a transfer notice, only to receive a late-night message at 1 A.M. stating the transfer document had been rescinded, allowing them to continue their roles at HDC.
In response, HDC had earlier informed employees that they would lose their jobs if they refused to transfer offices when the municipal duties transitioned to the council, emphasizing resignation as the alternative. It remains unclear whether HDC withdrew the offer of three months’ salary for those who chose to resign.
The reluctance of some employees to transfer stems from concerns about the continuity of allowances and bonuses, guaranteed for only one year post-transfer. While President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu reassured on social media that these benefits would persist beyond a year, the existing agreement lacks such assurance.
Male’ City Council, committed to absorbing the 600 HDC employees providing municipal services, stands at the center of this jurisdictional shift, aligning with a presidential pledge to integrate Hulhumale’s municipal services under the council’s authority. Past disputes between HDC and the council, exacerbated by jurisdictional disagreements, have now taken a new twist with these recent developments.