The 85,000 civil servants and employees of parastatals, like the 25,000 retirees, are rubbing their hands. With the publication of the eighth report of the Pay Research Bureau (PRB) yesterday, they will share a windfall of Rs 3 billion per year until 2021. This amount represents the salary increase and the privileges they will be benefice as of this month.
We particularly note that the gap between those at the bottom of the ladder and their colleagues located higher in the hierarchy remains considerable, despite the largest pay increase of 10.4% for civil servants at the bottom of the scale against 6.5% for senior officials.
For example, a messenger employed in the public service now receive a basic salary of Rs 17,375 instead of Rs 15 175. While a permanent secretary enjoys a salary increase of Rs 8000 and now touches Rs 122,000.
In this 8th report titled Transformation of the Public Sector to meet citizens’ needs, non -citizens’ needs as well as other stakeholders’ needs, the wage ratio (prétaxe) increased from 1: 7.5 in the Report Errors and Anomalies in 2013 to 1: 7.3. Concerning the same report, the team of Jaivassen Curpen Naick concluded that the ratio was reduced to 1: 7 by taking into account the salary of Rs 17,375 of the General Worker and the Rs 122,000 the Permanent Secretary gets ( PS). Imrith Rashid, president of the Federation of Trade Unions in the public sector believes in the theory of a “démagogie.” The union worker says that if we take into account the starting salary of a laborer for the Public Service, which is Rs 7800 in comparison to that of PS, the ratio was 1: 15.6.
The PS, however, is far from the highest paid employee. With a salary of Rs 206,000, the Chief Judge stalks this title. That is, there is a difference of Rs 198,200 between him and the laborer at the bottom of the ladder.
Anyway, for the PRB, the report “is the foundation for the second economic miracle” since it was written in the government program. Among the key steps taken in the report, there is the introduction of a health insurance scheme that will start as from July, with a contribution of 50% of the government as well as the introduction of flexitime .
Officials in Rodrigues are of no exception since their conditions of service will be aligned with those of their colleagues in Mauritius. With the report published, the old formula makes its return where the PRB was published every five years.
At a press conference yesterday, the Minister of Labour Soodesh Callichurn announced that the law will be amended accordingly. This is the first time since 1982 that the report was issued after a period of three years following a recommendation of Errors and Omissions report of Dev Manraj.
Some of the new remuneration
Chief Justice Rs 206,000
Secretary to Cabinet and Head of Public Service Rs 200,000
Financial Secretary Rs 164,000
Foreign Secretary Rs 164,000
Solicitor General Rs 164,000
DPP Rs 164,000
Police Commissioner Rs 152,000
Election Commissioner and Director of Audit Rs 152,000
Senior Chief Executive Rs 152,000
President of the Equal Opportunities
Tribunal Rs 140,000
President IRP Rs 140,000
Public office director
Sector Governance Rs 140,000
Clerk of the Assembly Rs 122,000
Secretary General to the Presidency Rs 122,000
Accountant General Rs 122,000
Ambassador / High Commissioner Rs 122,000
Commissioner of Prisons Rs 119,000
Director FSL Rs 110,000
Police Chief Medical Officer Rs 110,000
Doctor Rs 40,800 to Rs 70,450 depending on service time
Nurse Rs 17,050 to Rs 38,350
Constable Rs 16,075 to Rs 33,425
Firefighter Rs 15,750 to Rs 31,725
training police Rs 13,790
Dustman Rs 11,200 to Rs 18,825
Laborer from Rs 7800 to Rs 17,375
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