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Ba Provincial Meeting: Inadequate Contributions From Villagers ‘Affect Staff Salary’

Ratu Meli brought up the case of a provincial council staff member who had served the provincial council for years, but whose salary remained at $7000 annually
01 Aug 2019 14:44
Ba Provincial Meeting: Inadequate Contributions From Villagers ‘Affect Staff Salary’
Ratu Meli Saukuru during the Ba Provincial Meeting at Nawaka Village, Nadi, on July 30, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Inadequate contributions from villagers in Ba Province is affecting the ability of the provincial council office to pay its staff members’ salaries.

This was revealed by the Roko Tui Ba, Jese Volau, when the wages rates for provincial office staff members was raised by Taukei Navo, Ratu Meli Saukuru, during the Ba Provincial Meeting that was held at Nawaka Village, Nadi, on Tuesday.

“The weak contribution of the Provincial Council (Soli ni Yasana) has affected the pay rise. The Open Merit System (OMS) is a system that needs to be followed for a pay rise to be given and we have all gone through that process,” he said.

“We are requesting the province, the district and villages if you are inadequate in your contribution, it will affect the pay rise for staff, so you need to work out something concerning your distribution.”

Chiefs and provincial council delegates during the Ba Provincial Meeting at Nawaka Village, Nadi, on July 30, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Chiefs and provincial council delegates during the Ba Provincial Meeting at Nawaka Village, Nadi, on July 30, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Mr Volau said Government allocated salaries for provincial staff members, which included two assistant treasurers, four clerical officers and a driver.

He added that the provincial council has agreed to hire a clerical officer and would pay her wages.

Other staff are paid via contributions from the tikinas (district).

“There was a need for that post and the provincial council have decided and agreed that the officer, who was already working as an unestablished staff, would take up the post,” the Roko Tui clarified.

Meanwhile, Ratu Meli brought up the case of a provincial council staff member who had served the provincial council for years, but whose salary remained at $7000 annually.

“This is the third time I have raised this issue and nothing has been done about it. Please think about her and other staff because they have families to look after,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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