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SODELPA calls for 5% pay rise for civil servants

The Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA) is calling for a five-per-cent pay rise for civil servants, in light of the long hours worked in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Winston. Opposition Parliamentarian, Hon. Mikaele Leawere said civil servants last received a pay rise in 2014. “The last pay rise that was given to the civil […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 21, 2016 10:03 am

The Social Democratic and Liberal Party (SODELPA) is calling for a five-per-cent pay rise for civil servants, in light of the long hours worked in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Winston.

 Opposition Parliamentarian Mikaele Leawere.
Opposition Parliamentarian Mikaele Leawere.

Opposition Parliamentarian, Hon. Mikaele Leawere said civil servants last received a pay rise in 2014.

“The last pay rise that was given to the civil servants was in 2014 and sorry to say this, this was given just in time during the general election. So that was like a type of enticement or advertiser for the people, you know when general election is coming up.”

Hon. Leawere said officers were at the forefront of all activities before, during, and after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“When Tropical Cyclone Winston and Zena slammed into Fiji, our civil servants were at the forefront. Most worked long hours trying to ensure that those people who were devastated were assisted.”

“They worked very long hours with little sleep to get the job done, this is why SODELPA is calling on the government for a minimum of 5% pay rise or at least 5%. It is something they will be happy to take back home after the christmas break.”

Hon. Leawere said SODELPA might move the motion in parliament next week.

If given the chance, if there is any permanent permission attached to this issue. We’ll stand up and voice out our permission in the house.

Hon. Leawere added the government should make appropriate plans to include pay increases for civil servants in next year’s budgetary allocation.

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