23 April 2007

Cuepacs ticks off EPF for proposal

Source : NST

KUALA LUMPUR: Cuepacs, the umbrella union for government employees, yesterday took to task the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for proposing to reduce the contributions of workers above 55 years old.

Cuepacs president Omar Osman said the EPF must clarify its action in seeking to amend the contribution rate as outlined in the EPF Bill (Amendment) 2007.

Once passed, the contribution rate for workers over 55 will be reduced to 5.7 per cent for employees and 6.2 per cent (of the workers monthly salaries) for employers. Presently it is at 11 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.

Omar said: "Cuepacs wants to know what the justification is for this step."

He said Cuepacs would seek a meeting with the EPF on the issue.

On another matter, he reminded government employees with more than one wife to register them with their employers to ensure that their spouses received pension benefits in the event of their deaths.

"Cuepacs has received many complaints from wives that their husbands did not notify their employers of their marriages, causing them to face untold hardship when they (husbands) died."

On the salary review Cuepacs is seeking for the 1.2 million civil servants in the country, Omar said that the Public Service Department had yet to call Cuepacs for discussions.

"We read that as a good sign and that what we are asking for will be considered favourably," he said.

Cuepacs is asking for a salary revision of between 10 and 40 per cent for the various grades of government employees, justifying that the last pay hike they got was in 1991. — Bernama

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