The Pay Research Bureau (PRB) Report on the Review of Pay and Grading Structures and Conditions of Service in the Public Sector was released on 1st April 2016 during a press conference in Port Louis by the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Alain Wong in the presence of the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn. On that occasion, copies were handed over to trade unionist and the media.
The theme of the Report is “Transformation of the Public Sector to meet citizens’ needs, non-citizens’ needs as well as other stakeholders needs”. According to Minister Wong, the Report which is effective as from 01 January 2016, is aligned with the main philosophy of the Government’s programme and vision to construct a modern and professional public sector to serve and protect the interest of the whole population.
The PRB’s 8th Report was prepared in the context of the new Government’s programme that put emphasis on the followings: creation of jobs, reduction of poverty on new technological development, a modern and advanced education and health systems, the right to information, improved water distribution, food security, among others, leading to a modern public sector meeting the needs of citizens and improving the delivery mechanisms for providing more professional and better services to the common man, underlined Minister Wong. In short, this Report is putting the base to achieve the Second Economic Miracle, he added.
The increase in salary is between 6.5% – 10.4%, and Government will need some Rs 3 billion to finance this exercise, stated Mr Wong.
For his part, Minister Callichurn evoked the differences between the PRB to the National Remuneration Board which makes recommendations to the Minister regarding minimum remuneration and terms and conditions of employment in the private sector. Unlike the PRB, there is no timeframe for the NRB to submit its report, he added.
Government wants to amend the law so as to impose a timeframe for the NRB to publish its Report and bring equality between the public and private sector, Mr Callichurn stressed. He also announced that the Minimum Salary Bill might be introduced in the National Assembly at the end of the month.
It is recalled that in 1982, the PRB published its first Report with recommendations for new salary scales and it gave a broad indication of major changes in the conditions of service in the Public Sector. In the years 1987, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, subsequent Reports were published on a quinquennial basis on the overall Review of the Pay and Grading Structures and Conditions of Service in the Public Sector and the Private Secondary Schools. This is the first time that a Report is being published after a period of three years only, following a recommendation of the Errors, Omissions and Anomalies Committee.
Source: Republic of Mauritius