The Ministry of Finance says government has not granted any 15 per cent increase in base pay to any public sector institution on the Single Spine Salary Structure.
The ministry explains that the only adjustment on the base pay for the public service still remains the 4 per cent for the 2021 financial year, and that no new agreement has been reached on the payment of premium.
“The Finance Ministry attention has been drawn to media publications and agitations within the public domain in respect of this ministry’s letter dated 12th July, 2021 on the payment of fifteen percent (15%) interim premium to staff of the Civil and Local Government Services (CLOGSAG).
These agitations, we believe have arisen because the public consider the above-mentioned approval to be a new agreement. The Ministry of Finance wishes to clarify that this is not a new agreement as it has been in existence since 2016 and fully implemented in 2020,” the ministry said in statement.
It added that since the interim premium of 15% is on the base pay, it became necessary to do the relevant adjustments to reflect the negotiated 4% increase in the public sector base pay for the 2021 financial year.
Given the above, the ministry as part of its communication to the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department on implementation of the agreement on the 2021 and 2022 base pay, authorised the payment of premium and its associated arrears to CLOGSAG for 2021 in line with the existing agreement, it said.