Ministry tells union leaders to stop misleading their members
In response to their letter the ministry said the belief that government had adjusted positions within the civil service outside the appeal indicated that the unions were less informed of the responsibilities of the ministry of public service as such was the ministry’s mandate and had nothing to do with appeals.
The ministry also disputed the assertion that there was an agreement between the parties at the JNF to the effect that gradings will be done after an appeals process.
“It is a well-known fact that all parties of the JNF including yourselves that the appeals process stalled at the insistence of yourselves in preference of the cost of living adjustment (CoLA) as the first agenda item, and it became the next item in the agenda after CoLA.
That item is still pending and shall be attended as the next item. You are once more, requested to not be clouded on this fact and advice your constituencies with the fact and truth as you know it in the matter,” reads part of the response by the ministry.
The ministry of public service says it had addressed in full the concerns of the adjustments and therefore deems the mass protest that was staged on Tuesday should not be linked to the issues raised by the unions on re- grading of the position of the under- secretaries and other posts.
This position of the ministry is stated in the response to the letter of the PSAs dated October 20. It is the opinion of the ministry that your concerns were addressed in full in the ministry’s response to the concerns you raised, hence the petition cannot be logical as a result of those issues that were raised. It is also disturbing that your members are being deliberately misinformed of the facts about the matter,” reads the response.