CLAIM FOR 20% PAY RISE FOR FRCA MEMBERS

FIJI PUBLIC SERVICE ASSOCIATION NEWS LETTER

CLAIM FOR 20% PAY RISE FOR FRCA MEMBERS

The Fiji Public Service Association had lodged a claim with the Chairman of the FRCA Board on Tuesday 29th December, 2015 seeking a 20% pay rise across the board to be effective from 1st January, 2016.

The basis of the claim is that in the last nine (9) years FPSA members  have not received a pay rise and under the current salary structure, Band 1 and Band 2 the FPSA members  are paid salaries below the poverty line threshold of $16,000 per annum.

Our claim is justified as our FRCA members are identified more as a working poor and the main reason have been the absence of pay increases and the elimination of inflation adjusted wage settlements.

Moreover, the real wage has declined by 40% over the years and the cost of consumer items are becoming out of reach of our members with food prices continuing to increase in an upward  trend and putting bread on the table for the family is a struggle.

The pay structure of FRCA has become a to distorted over a period of time and there is a widespread misconception that FPSA members in FRCA are earning good salaries. The current FRCA 2013 strucutre of Band 1 and Band 2 below will show that majority of FPSA members are paid below the poverty line threshold.

BAND FRCA 2013 SALARY STRUCUTRE
80% 100% 120%
1 9,093 11,366 13,369
2 12,066 15,083 18,099

The Fiji Public Service Association believes that the terms and conditions including salaries should be competitive enough to attract and retain talented and motivated staff within the organization.

FPSA hopes that all employees in FRCA will now join our struggle to get fair and just wage for everyone. It is time that free riders be told to join the union and not to ride freely on the backs of their collegues who are paying subcription to keep the union viable. The management is already saying that non-members are happy working without asking for a raise. Further benefits depend on a solid union membership otherwise a good bye to anymore benefits.

We eagerly await response from the Chairman of the FRCA Board for a negotiated settlement of our pay rise claim.

Wishing you all a Happy  and Prosperous 2016.

Yours Solidarity

R. Singh.