31 May 2013 08:40
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - The Namibia National Teachers? Union (Nantu) has assured public servants that they will receive their outstanding payments as part of the Job Evaluation and Grading (JEG) system in due course.
Nantu Secretary-General Basilius Haingura said at a media briefing here on Friday that the JEG system?s outcome, including the appeal, had been approved by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) as recommended by the Public Service Commission (PSC).
He could, however, not say exactly when the payments would be given to public servants.
?The technical officials in the OPM are busy working on the payroll system, which will facilitate the speedy process to effect the payments without further delay. Nantu is assuring its members and the general public servants that the payment will be implemented retrospectively as per the collective agreement,? he enthused.
Nantu and the Namibia Public Workers? Union (Napwu) concluded a salary agreement, which included an 8 per cent increase and other benefits for civil servants during November last year. The JEG system formed part of that agreement.
Haingura noted the discontent about the job categories in the JEG system, with more than 100 appeals made against the outcome of the system. Government then appointed a committee to attend to the appeal cases.
The report of the appeal committee was presented to the Secretary to Cabinet before it could be presented to various Government structures, such as a Cabinet Committee on Public Service, and the PSC.
The appeal process was fair and transparent, Haingura said, adding that the PSC is hard at work on some of the technical issues in relation to the system to ensure the speedy implementation of the JEG, as agreed upon during the negotiations in 2012.
Meanwhile, the unionist warned members about ?external forces?, which move around trying to create confusion among Nantu and its current as well as future members.
?We should not allow ourselves to be misled by external forces that are not part of the recognition agreement with the employer. It is our conviction that all structures of the union are equally important,? he added.
Nantu thus cautioned its members to be vigilant, and more open to its leadership.
After negotiations between the government and the recognised trade union in November 2012, an agreement was reached on a number of improvements to salaries and benefits for all staff members in the public service, including the Police, Defence Force, Correctional Services and Regional Councils to be implemented at various stages.
Local media reported that the salary changes, contained in a document titled ?Reward Management? will be known as the Public Service Pay and Grading Structure.
It affects about two-thirds of the 93 000 Government employees, and is estimated to be implemented at a cost of nearly N.dollars 2 billion.