Thursday, December 22, 2011
Cuepacs and Public Service Department (PSD) will meet Friday to discuss the terms of the controversial new renumeration system for civil servants (SPBA) and decide if the implementation of the scheme needs to be delayed.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told the two parties to meet and resolve the issue said Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman.
“We are not totally against the SBPA but some of the terms need to be reviewed. The union wants to know which groups will benefit from it and the paying system must be clearer,” he told reporters during a press conference at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), on Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, Cuepacs officials met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya to express their concerns about the SBPA.
Cuepacs has strongly opposed the SBPA, saying that it was unclear and claimed that the union, comprising some 1.4 million civil servants, was not consulted.
Individuals who joined the civil service from Jan 1 next year would automatically be placed under the SBPA.
Omar also noted that the decision to change the Dec 30 deadline and postpone the return of the option forms would be decided at the Friday meeting.
“Those who have already signed the option forms need not worry.
“It will not affect their pay rise as the differences will be addressed through backdated pay.
“We are willing to talk up to six months with the PSD to discuss the matter to ensure that all parties are happy with the new scheme,” he said.
He added that the union would continue to oppose the exit policy which stated that non-performing staff would be asked to leave if they failed to achieve more than 70 points in their assessment for three consecutive years
“The exit policy will be raised in the meeting. We cannot be compared to the private sector. The new scheme is open to abuse.
“How can we ensure each dismissal is fair,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Petaling Jaya, Pakatan Rakyat said Thursday that it would oppose the implementation of the scheme citing an imbalance in the planning.
“We support efforts to postpone SPBA until further discussions,” said the party's information chief and Batu MP, Tian Chua at a press conference.
He said the scheme profited only the upper echelons of the public service, namely the Premier and Top Management groups.
“The lower groups get 7% to 13 % increment, but even that is based on their superior's decisions.
“It gives the heads of departments too much power to take their revenge and choose their cronies,” Chua added.
Director of PAS research centre Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad agreed, saying that there would be a yawning gap between incomes and the scheme also had not involved consultation with stakeholders.
“There is no more lifelong employment concept, but worse still is the increment, as we do not understand the rationale behind it,” he added.
Malaysia has 1.4 million civil servants, who form a major part of the workforce.