Pay rise guaranteed for public employees: Association

The president of Public Employees Association is guaranteeing its members and other public servants that the payment to facilitate the 3 percent salary increment has been approved by the government.

The increment is consistent with the 2017-2019 Memorandum of Agreement between Department of Personnel Management and Public Employees Association.

Given the downturn in economy and financial constraints faced by the government, the award was not factored in the 2017 and 2018 budgets, hence denying the public servants of the 3 percent increment.

Public Employees Association president, Robert Kutapai, said in a statement that the National Executive Council has now directed the Department of Treasury and Finance to source out funding to facilitate the award.

Kutapi further stated that the confirmation follows a consultation meeting between DPM and the Association last month.

Teachers will be the first group of public servants to be paid their increments in pay 13, followed by the Uniformed Personnel and Law and Order sector in Pay 17.

3 percent salary increment for the rest of the public servants will be administered on Pay 22 of 2018.

The remainder of the 2017 and 2018 back payment will roll over and be completed in the first quarter of 2019 while the 2019 increment will be factored in the 2019 budget.

Carolyn Ure