Minister Explains Pay Query
By Karen Otu – FM 100 news
The Minister for Public Service has clarified to all Public servants, including teachers throughout the country, that the 3 percent pay rise from the three year Industrial Agreements are being implemented in phases following an approved implementation schedule to manage the cash flow constraints by the Government.
When queried about this issue, Westly Nukundj explained to FM100 News this 3 percent pay increase has an implementation schedule that is fair and affordable and was agreed upon by the Budget Management Committee and approved by the National Executive Council in its Decision No.102/2018.
The schedule was to pay two forthnights back pay every pay day on top of the normal salary which commenced in April 2019.
This was recently announced through the media and employing agencies including Teaching Service Commission.
Mr Nukundj says this small increase is not a permanent salary rise that continue forever.
Therefore,in pay period 21 of 2019 when the 3 percent pay rise for 2018 back pay installments ceased and normal pay resumed in pay period 22 of 2019 with a smaller pay rise increment , teachers mistook the drop in their respective pay as pay cut.
He says teachers and other public servants must be reminded that the 2017 3 percent pay increase, had been fully paid by the Government in 2018, while the the 2018 outstanding was spread out this year starting in pay period 9 of 2019 and ended in pay period 21.
The Department of Personnel Management is now consulting with the Department of Finance to recommence the back Pay component of 2019 salary scale in the next available pay.
Minister Nukundj added that unions should inform their members not to take out unnecessary finance company loans during the period of implementation as the amount are not permanent salary rise.
The scheduled instalments will end in pay 16 of 2020 when the implementation is to be completed for the three year Industrial award.
The Public Service Minister said despite the challenges, all Public servants must be aware that the government is still committed to fully implementing the industrial agreement.