MBABANE:Despite commanding junior police officers to assault and shoot civil servants during Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) strike actions, the recently signed agreement between Public Sector Associations (PSAs) and government suggests that members of the police Executive Command are among the major beneficiaries.
This comes after media reports suggesting that politicians including Members of Parliament (MPs) and Cabinet Ministers stand to benefit more than ordinary civil servants as per the agreement signed between the PSAs and government. The Times of Eswatini reported on Wednesday that MPs and Senators might receive a back pay of E12,505.99 this month, these politicians that include members of the governing councils (Emabandla) are currently paid under Finance Circular No.2 of 2013, each MP is paid E46 318.50 per month.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Sikelela Dlamini, the Secretary General of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers(SNAT) who was part of the Public Sector Associations(PSAs) negotiating team said it was very unfortunate that the 3% approved COLA will benefit those who receive high salaries like senior government officials including Principal Secretaries.
Information gathered by this publication suggests that senior police officers who are paid between E15000.00 and E20,000.00 will receive an increment of about E600.00 and a back that stands around E5000.00 while junior government employees who earn around E4,500.00 or less will receive a mere E150,00 or even less.
“it’s true that the negotiations were concluded but as workers we felt it did not meet our expectations. This 3% increase across the board, means civil servants will benefit based on their positions, categories and salaries they receive from the employer. This is very unfortunate because most workers receive low wages from the government and this means some will receive an increment as low as E90 while those who are paid huge salaries including Principal Secretaries, their 3% is a lot of money.
Oscar Nkambule, the President of the National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU), when speaking to this publication on Wednesday expressed disappointment that this COLA agreement will not add any value to the lives of civil servants who are lowly paid.
“The problem here is that the ground is not level as the employer wants those who are in higher positions to benefit not the ordinary civil servants. Its a pity that we were disturbed by this COVID otherwise we should be fighting this” said the NAPSAWU President.
National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini