Labour unions agree on two-week moratorium

By: Daniel Nonor

REPRESENTATIVES OF labour unions, associations, institutions and other stakeholders have held a forum to discuss the consultant’s report on the standardisation and harmonisation of Categories ‘2 and 3’ allowances, and other conditions of service within the public services.

At the end of the meeting, however, all parties agreed on a two-week moratorium to study the report brought forward.

According to a press statement issued by the Public Relations Unit of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Categories ‘2 and 3’ allowances, under the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), are to be harmonised and standardised.

The statement said it formed part of recommendations for the implementation of the new pay policy and accepted by the government in its white paper on the SSSS, which was issued in November last year.

“The discussions of Consultant’s Report will be undertaken within the established nine service classifications in the public services. The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission will have a representative on the Committees that will be set up to look at the report dispassionately, with a view to arrive at a consensus,” it noted.

This, it added, would serve as the basis for negotiating the allowances and other conditions of service.

The Chief Executive of the Commission, George Smith-Graham, according to the statement, expressed satisfaction at the turn of events, and noted that all issues associated with the implementation of the SSSS would be carried out with the necessary commitment by stakeholders.

The meeting would be held again, after the two-week period, to make way for the final contributions into the consultant’s report.

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