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GOVT, UNIONS AGREE TO MAP WORK PLAN ON SALARY REVIEW

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MANZINI – Public sector unions and government have reached an agreement to map out a work plan of activities to lead to the implementation of the salary review report but the unions are not sure if this was good news for civil servants.


The four public sector unions met at the round table with the Government Negotiations Team (GNT) over the contentions salary review issues and during the meeting, the two parties agreed to develop a plan which would map out activities which would lead to the implementation of the report.


The four public sector unions are; Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU), National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) and the Swaziland National Association of Government Accounting Personnel (SNAGAP).  


The Joint Negotiations Forum’s (JNF) press statement, which was signed by government and the four public sector unions, was released by government through the Ministry of Public Service yesterday afternoon.
The press release stated that during a meeting, which was held yesterday, by the JNF, which constitute the GNT and the four public sector unions, agreed that it was prudent to highlight the progress made at the meeting.


“The parties agreed to develop a work plan that will inform an implementation framework for the salary review report. This work plan will map out the active ties that will take place up to the implementation of the report.
“The parties remain sensitive and committed to the needs of the civil servants while awaiting the finalisation and implementation of the salary review exercise,” reads part of the press statement.


It is worth mentioning that according to a timeline, which was formulated by government, the salary review was supposed to be implemented on April 1, 2016 and be backdated to the same date of 2015.
The Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Public Service, Evart Madlopha, was quoted by the media assuring civil servants that the salary review would be implemented on April 1, 2016.


When some of the unions’ representatives were interviewed about the agreement, they decided to play their cards close to their chests.
One of the union leaders said the agreement brought hope to them but was quick to say it was too early to judge whether the agreement would bear good fruits or would end up being a trick. The leader said only the talk they would have would tell if there was light at the end of the tunnel or not.

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