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UPROAR OVER SECRET PAY RISE FOR SENIOR OFFICERS

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MBABANE – Public sector unions are seething with anger after government ‘secretly’ hiked salaries for senior officers without informing them.


Salary advice slips for the month of October for some of the senior officials reflect a review which has been backdated to April this year.
One of the officers who will smile all the way to the bank is the under secretary in the Ministry of Education and Training under the administration department, whose salary has been increased from a basic of E38 577.42 to E45 858.58.


This reflects an increment of about E7 281.16, which is 18.9 per cent. The back pay Circular No.2 reveals that the increase provides for E89 545.56 before deductions.


Another shocking increment is that of the position of assistant health administrator in the Ministry of Health, whose officers have seen their basic salaries being increased from E15 069.92 to E28 064.17, which reflects an increment of E12 994.25, which is almost double the salary with a percentage increment change of 86.2 per cent.


The total amount of the back pay before deductions is E106 029.65.
Also included are regional administrators at the Ministry of Health, whose salaries have been increased from E17 690.58 to E38 067.25, which reflects an increase of about E20 376.67, with a percentage increment of 115.2 per cent.


The position of under secretary from the Schools Manager department has seen a review from E35 684 to E43 226.08, reflecting that the salary increment is about E7 542.08.

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Should the minister of Health, PS and director of health services be relieved of their duties for failing to solve the problems engulfing the public health sector?