THE issue of public service pay rates was on the agenda for the Fiji Public Service Association annual general meeting in Lautoka last week where general secretary Rajeshwar Singh drew comparisons between the lowest paid public officers with the highest paid.
He told the meeting public service pay distortions and the unusual revision of permanent secretaries' salaries have again skewered the relativity of the grades and salary ranges.
"The three tier grading means PSs would be able to move upward at annual intervals without criteria which appears conveniently unavailable," said Mr Singh in a statement.
He revealed under the new grading system, grade one public officers were paid between $221,971 and $293,623 while grade two civil servants are offered between $189,923 and $252,549.
Mr Singh said those under the grade one category had an annual salary of between $164,339 and $220,329; while a lower paid civil servant in SS06 grade was paid $1055 monthly, the highest paid permanent secretary takes $18,498 a month.
The general secretary also explained the association foresaw massive problems in the civil service pay structure because of these unusual developments.
"The position and benefits of long-serving staff will be overshadowed by new entrants.
"Where salary ranges overlap, conversion and awards will be confused and discriminatory.
"The practice of contract appointment in the public service has totally destroyed the long-held tradition of an established career path for civil servants."