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LTA Workers’ $2.4m Pay Rise

LTA Workers’ $2.4m Pay Rise
Jubilant Land Transport Authority staff members at the Valelevu LTA office show their appreciation on the announcement of their pay increment by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on March 6, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
March 07
10:56 2018

A-G and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum reveals the increase is more than what the market is paying

Land Transport Authority (LTA) workers will share $2.4 million in pay rise.

The 430 workers will receive their new pay on Friday next week.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced the increase in Suva yesterday.

He said the LTA Board decided to give a 100 per cent pay rise over what the market was paying.

He said this had been successfully implemented through a Job Evaluation Exercise carried out by the LTA Board.

“You may recall in the Budget that was announced last year in June and approved in July, we had set aside funding for LTA to carry out a job evaluation exercise.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was the company chosen by the LTA Board to carry out the exercise.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said:

“They looked at the market to see what other organisations were getting paid.

“Prior to that we need to be able to ensure that we specifically highlight and set out what each person does, not the individual, but what the position requires

“When assessments are done, it is compared to the market.”

He said with this evaluation exercise, because of the positions people hold, they either remain on the same salary or get an increase in their pay.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said some of the staff would be paid the same as the market, or more or less, because of the positions they held.

He said going forward, staff would be assessed individually based on their performance, where they would have the potential to get a pay increase.

He added that the Human Resources Department must roll out job descriptions specifically and by implementing these systems, it opens doors for individual career developments.

He said for the 430 staff in LTA, the pay rise was divided into four different categories of percentage increases:

Six staff will receive a pay rise of over 51 per cent. (Assistant transport planners, advanced training instructors etc.)

Few have an increase of 86 per cent

Between 31-50 per cent, for example, vehicle examiners will have up to 47 per cent increase and infringement processing officers will have 49 per cent

21-30 per cent, for example, calls centre reps, driving examiners, senior vehicle examiners, senior public transport officers, public service vehicle officers, and customer service and road safety officers.

Below 20 per cent are around 145 staff, and 34 staff who do not have an increase because their salaries are on the benchmark.

He explained that the salaries they had were in alignment with the market, but they would have an opportunity when their performance would be reviewed.

LTA chairman Vijay Maharaj said yesterday was a special day for LTA staff

Edited by Percy Kean

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