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Association concerned over wage rate

Luke Rawalai
Monday, March 03, 2014

THE concerns of the Fiji Public Service Association regarding the current National Minimum Wage rate of $2 an hour has fallen on deaf ears, says association general secretary Rajeshwar Singh.

Mr Singh said their attempts to discuss the issue with the PSC have been futile, adding that the commission has begun acting very strangely.

"We have been trying to write letters to PSC but they have not responded to us and instead they have taken out the good interests of the public servants away from the country's Employment Relations Promulgation Decree," he said.

"They would not want to deal with us, unfortunately, and this is very strange because government as a national employer has chosen to leave their own employees voiceless.

"Government wants to punish its own employees by living them voiceless and deciding all matters in a unilateral manner."

Mr Singh said the decision by the government relating to the last civil servant pay rise was done in a unilateral manner without proper consultation.

"Before the lowest pay for a civil servant stood at $10,292 and now they get $12,659 which is really nothing considering the current cost of living," Mr Singh said.

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