Adjustment to salary grades for PSC Post Officers

The Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) has agreed to readjust the salary grades for Public Service Commission (PSC) Post Officers, serving across all 13 Government ministries.

This is to address officer’s salaries paid below minimum rate of remuneration.

In a letter to the Secretary General of the PSC Jacques Gideon, Chairperson of the GRT Tribunal Board, Marie-Antoinette Nirua shed light on the adjustment of the 2017 final placement for ministries PSC post officers.

“The Tribunal in its meeting No. 8 of 2018, in accordance with the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) Act (CAP 250) Section 13 and 20, has agreed for re-adjustment to the salary grades for the PSC Post Officers, serving across all 13 Government Ministries,” she stated.

“This is to address officer’s salaries paid below minimum rate of remuneration.”

GRT Board Chair Nirua mentioned the following:

(1) Reviewed adjusted discrepancies placement profiles for the drop-in Position pay levels for the affected officers under each thirteen ministries

(2) The Secretary General is hereby advised that: (i) Each Officer is to be informed by the PSC of the new Placement, which was effective on 1st January 2018. And that the salary accorded to each Officer buys back take home pay entitlements; (ii) The additional costs resulting from the discrepancies re-adjustment will have to be catered for in the 2018 Government budgets; and (iii) The new Determination to be implemented in consultation with the Department of Finance and each Ministries Human Resources Officers (HROs).

“On behalf of the Tribunal, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each Ministries for implementing the new GRT determination and wish to encourage all to follow the Determination thoroughly,” Mrs. Nirua’s instruction to the PSC Secretary General concluded.

In an interview with the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, told Daily Post that it must be made clear to all Government Employees that the public at large that the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) operates within its set rule of laws provided for under the GRT.

The four Commissions including; the Judicial Services Commission, the Police Service Commission, the Teaching Service Commission and the Public Service Commission, have their duties and responsibilities to ensure that they determine wage and salary levels for officers under their ministries and departments and also to ensure they eliminate any anomalies and or discrepancies they identify, working together with employees and officers under their ministries and departments. They then have to communicate the determination to the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT).

The PSC Chairman Martine Mahe, pointed out that there has been up until now, the misunderstanding in thinking that it is the responsibility of the GRT to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the 13 Government Ministries that has led to blames levels at the GRT when in fact the responsibilities and duties fall on the shoulders of the 13 Government Ministries.

He clarified that other Government institutions including the Health Ministries come under the PSC.

“It is the duties and responsibilities of each of the 13 Government Ministries to determine the salary scales for all officers under their ministries portfolios and at the same time identify any anomalies or discrepancies if any,” said chairman Mahe.

“Once all these are done, then the ministries communicate these to the GRT through the PSC. The 13 Government Ministries have to work and liaise with the officers of their respective ministries.

“Unnecessary complaints have been leveled in the past at the GRT, simply because people did nor or do not know or understands the entire procedures and functions and responsibilities of the GRT and the 13 Government Ministries and their responsibilities.”

He gave an example of a case of the State Law Officers, in which paragraph 44 of the ruling by the Supreme Court states: “The GRT’s submission however also exposed a misapprehension on their part as to the correct process for fixing individual salaries.

“The GRT appeared to consider that in some way the GRT has a role not just in the broad determination of salary scales but in fixing individual employees pay rates for those s 13 (1) (a) (vii) and (viii) employees.

“This arose because the GRT complained about the salary levels the Attorney-General had assigned to individual SLO employees. The GRT does not have a function in setting pay rates for particular individuals. Section 13(1) (a) (i)….vi. It has no role in setting individual rates for employees outside of that limited category. Setting such salaries is the function of the head of the relevant organization.

“The head of the relevant organization must act within the GRT framework and within the salary levels set. But beyond that it is the head of the organization decision as what level and grade and individual employee falls within.”

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