The GMOA has opposed the call by some trade unions for an interim allowance pending the resolution of the public sector salary dispute saying that the Government must stop the practice of granting ad hoc allowances under trade union pressure.
GMOA Secretary Dr. Uditha Herath has also hailed the new salary structure introduced by the National Council for Administration, saying it has meaningfully addressed the unjustified and asymmetrical salary anomalies in the public sector, though it came under fire from certain trade unions.
The GMOA has also urged the Government to give effect to the PA 1/2006 circular with the revisions as directed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa adding that it has resolved to take trade union action from April 17 if the Government fails to act on the President`s directive.
In a Press release issued yesterday Dr. Herath says: ?On 15th of March 2006 the President announced his decision to resolve the salary dispute that has occurred on account of PA Circular 01/2006 in the public sector. This circular was issued to address and rectify unjustified and asymmetrical anomalies in the public sector while introducing a National Wage Policy. The allegation that National Council for Administration has wasted 2 years is a false statement. National Council for Administration has brought in a salary structure for the public sector after at least 50 years of independence.
The document prepared by National Council for Administration has meaningfully addressed the unjustified and asymmetrical salary anomalies in the public sector by re-categorization of over 165 services in the public sector into 4 broad groups. This has simplified the structures. Countries with similar salary structures have no turbulence and unrest in the public sector.
Those who oppose the circular are opposing this re-categorization claiming that this is a class discrimination, They were the very same people who were enjoying an undue status in the absence of a National Wage Policy with a scientific basis. They want a uniclass for the public sector. Hence, weightages given to educational qualifications and skills etc. in the relevant fields are to be ignored. They oppose scientifically accepted principles,
?These same trade unions call for another interim allowance. The Government must deviate from the previous practice of granting ad hoc allowances under trade union pressure. When the 1/2006 circular has absorbed the interim allowances granted before, the call for another interim allowance is meaningless?.