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Government Approves 3% pay increase for Public Servants for next 3 years

The Government has approved a 3% pay increase for public servants for the next three years.

The announcement was made jointly this afternoon by John Kali, Secretary for the Department of Personnel Management, and Emma Faiteli, President of the Public Employees Association.

This new Pay Fixation Agreement recognizes the financial difficulties experienced by the Government, and is lower than the 6% increase enjoyed in previous years.

The DPM Secretary, and the PEA President, said the new Pay Fixation Agreement replaces the current three year agreement which expires on the 31st of December, 2016.

Mr. Kali, said the Government appreciates the understanding of the Association in moderating their claims, and in accepting an increase which was lower than that of the previous years.

Ms Faiteli said that the PEA appreciates the financial difficulties being experienced in the country, and the need for the Government to focus its funds on its core policies of free education, free health, and improving law and order, which also benefits their members.

She said the PEA looked forward to the mid-term review of the Agreement with anticipation that the Government’s finances will improve.

The parties, including the PEA Executive Committee, also agreed that insurance cover for public servants will be resolved through a Memorandum of Understanding for individual cover.

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