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A-G Tells Of Public Servant Pay Review

The Attorney-General says consideration of a 15 per cent across-the-board pay rise request by the Confederation of Public Sector Unions needs to wait while an overall review is done. This
25 Jan 2016 07:17
A-G Tells Of Public Servant Pay Review
Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Service, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the press conference at Suvavou House in Suva last Saturday. Photo: Rama

The Attorney-General says consideration of a 15 per cent across-the-board pay rise request by the Confederation of Public Sector Unions needs to wait while an overall review is done.

This is after the confederation had lodged the claim with A-G Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who is also Minister for the Civil Service.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said an overall remuneration assessment is needed.

He explained that some people Government trained had moved out or gone overseas because the old system only gave a pay rise when people got promoted.

He said: “We have found they had been poached, you know, by UNDP, Forum Secretariat and other people; so that obviously is an issue so we’re looking at; doing an overall remuneration assessment on the civil service.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the unions did raise an issue about relativity.

“They said because the permanent secretaries have received a salary increase, all salaries must be relative to that.”

However, he said their argument of relativity doesn’t hold because a Permanent Secretary’s level of responsibility was much higher than, for example, a receptionist.

And he said a Permanent Secretary can more easily be terminated because his or her responsilbity is higher.

“So this is why you need to have an evaluation on the actual individual positions as relativity considerations of salaries; that’s the result of the discussions we had.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was grateful that the unions showed a lot of understanding about what was being discussed.

“They were quite patient about it; we will be meeting with them regularly and I also highlighted in the meeting for them to send me any issues that they may have.”

 

Edited by Maraia Vula
Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj



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