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Mauritius: Civil Service federation declares wish-list for Pay Research Bureau 2016

Mauritius: Civil Service federation declares wish-list for Pay Research Bureau 2016

The FCSOU has asked the PRB to conduct research on the minimum wage and suggested that a base threshold of Rs 15,000 is reasonable. (Image: business.mega.mu)

After it meeting with the Pay Research Bureau (PRB) on Monday, August 11, 2014, the Federation of Civil Service and Other Unions (FCSOU) held a press conference yesterday to review the discussion held.

The FCSOU has asked the PRB to conduct research on the minimum wage and suggested that a base threshold of Rs 15,000 is reasonable.

“An FCSOU study of monthly spending by a family of four showed that total expenses were around Rs 19,000 in fact. That is the reason why the FCSOU has insisted to the PRB for a minimum wage of Rs 15,000 for state employees compared to the currently prevailing Rs 9,000,” said the FCSOU President Narendranath Gopee.

“As regards percentage increase, those earning more than Rs 20, 000 have not seen their cost of living allowance (COLA) compensated for 2013, 2014 and 2015,” he added.

The FCSO has also asked the PRB to conduct a study on the working conditions of state employees who work on Saturday.

“The problems they encounter on Saturdays to go to their workplace are the same as on weekdays, for example, traffic and family arrangements, among many others. Thus, it is necessary for them to receive due compensation for weekend work,” said Narendranath Gopee.

In addition, the question of promotion in the public service cadre was also raised.

“We proposed that the officers, as soon as they arrived at their maximal salary, can move to the salary scale of the officer just above them on career progression.”

Furthermore, the FCSOU had asked that the Training Fund benefits from an allocation of 1% of the budget and not 1% of the annual salary, as it is the case now.

Another problem which has been addressed by the FCSOU is the politicization of scholarships and trainings.

“Very often, officers benefit from trainings that they do not need; furthermore, concerning leave without pay, we have asked that the period can be extended to three years rather than only two and that twice a year,”

Also, for casual leave and sick leave, the FCSOU has asked that it be raised to 15 days and 25 days respectively. More importantly, if not taken, it should be refundable.

Besides, concerning the Long Service Increment, the FCSOU has asked that “an officer should not have to wait to arrive at the top of his cadre to be eligible, rather it should be made available as soon as he has completed 24 years of service.”

As for the Performance Management System, the FCSOU has asked for its withdrawal.

Finally, as regards passage benefits, currently it is necessary to wait for eight years of service or a salary of Rs 17,000 to be eligible.

“Hence, we asked if the employee could be eligible once he has been confirmed in his position,” the president concluded.

Altogether, during its meeting with the PRB, the following topics were set out on the FCSOU agenda: independence of PRB; establishment of a permanent PRB Review Committee at the level of PRB instead of referring matters to the High Powered Committee at MCSAR; socially acceptable minimum salary; release of a PRB Report with minimal errors; review of anomalies in PRB 2013 and EOAC; reestablishment of parity between parastatals and civil service employees; recruitment, selection and promotion in the public sector; demarcation between establishment and policy/politico matters; social impact on officers working on weekends; addressing demotivating factors in civil services; and addressing bottleneck in promotion by extending salary scales.

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