26 February 2007

Cuepacs keeps fingers crossed for review

IPOH: Cuepacs is confident that its call for a salary revision will be resolved at its meeting with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi next month.

“We expect good news at the meeting,” Cuepacs president Omar Osman said of the meeting with the Prime Minister scheduled on March 6.

“We are certain that the Government can afford to review the salaries of civil servants,” he said after closing a union management seminar organised by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Enforcement Officers Union here yesterday.

He said a pay hike could lead to increased productivity and civil servants would not have to take on part-time jobs to make ends meet.

Omar said the meeting was also expected to discuss the move to extend the retirement age to 60, the pension scheme and the remuneration system.

He noted that Cuepacs would also propose a remuneration system based on years of service instead of the current performance review through the Efficiency Level Assessment.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Enforcement Officers Union president Rus Bakarurraini Shahfei, who was also present, said the Government should increase their allowance to RM350 a month like other enforcement agencies.

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