The President mediates in eliminating salary anomalies in the public service.
Trade Union representatives have reached agreements after broaching with President Rajapaksa. Proposals were made that future recruitments to the public service are to be made on a permanent basis. Another proposal was to increase salaries by nearly 30 percent. However, due attention was given to eliminating salary anomalies in the public service. This was emphasized by President of the Public Service Trade Union Federation W.H. Piyadasa.
He said that thee were serious anomalies in the salaries of the public sector with the salary increase in 2006. As such, before a salary hike is effected in the Budget, the President ordered the Salaries and Cadre Commission to immediately hand over a proposal for the elimination of salary anomalies. A committee comprising seven trade union leaders was appointed to act as resource contributors to assist in this task. He requested that if there are any services in which salary anomalies surfaced with the salary hike in 2006, to submit their proposals within one week.
Joining in a media briefing today, Convenor of the Joint Trade Union Federation Alavi Moulana pointed out that they had talks with the President on addressing problems of the workers step by step. In this process they succeeded in reaching agreement to rectify salary anomalies. This, Mr. Moulana said was a significant achievement.