CUEPACS SEEK TWO AND HALF MONTHS BONUS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

12 Jul 2013 11:19

PUTRAJAYA, July 9 (Bernama) -- The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) wants the government to consider a two and half months bonus payout to 1.4 million civil servants, this year. Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman said Cuepacs had officially submitted a request today and hoped for the good news from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"Looking at the current economic situation, the request for two and half months bonus, which was decided during a Cuepacs meeting held two weeks ago, is appropriate.

"But if there is a bonus announcement, I hope traders would not take the opportunity to raise prices at will," he told reporters at a press conference, here, today.

Cuepacs also hoped the enforcement unit under the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry will continue to monitor the prices of goods in the market, he said.

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He said in conjunction with Ramadan and Eid celebrations, civil servants look forward to financial support from the government through bonus payout to ease their financial burden.

Last year, the government gave one and half months bonus for civil servants and the bonus was the best ever from the government in recent years.

Meanwhile, Omar said Cuepacs had also submitted a proposal to the government to enhance the grade scheme for uniformed enforcement bodies, to the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, at his office, today.

"The proposed improvement involved seven law enforcement agencies ranging from the Road Transport Department, Customs, Fire, Immigration, Prisons, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism authorities as well as local authorities, involving 120,000 people," he said.

He said the request was in accordance with the burden and the risks faced by them and it was about time to review and upgrade their salary and positions.

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"We suggest the officers currently in grade 17 be promoted to grade 27, while the highest level such as the chief directors be placed under better grades," he said.

He hoped the proposal to upgrade the grade would be considered by the government accordingly and can be completed by Dec 31.

The proposal papers were submitted by Cuepacs together with representatives from the seven uniformed bodies.

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