The Executive Council of The Public Entity Saba and the Saba United People Labor Union Association(SUPLUA) have agreed last week to form a technical committee to look into the consequences of the salary structure that was introduced in October of last year. The new salary structure went into effect after the negotiations with the unions and the RCN -who also negotiates on behalf of the local government- concluded last year.
The new salary structure is the same salary structure that was adopted by the RCN for all of its employees. The basic salaries in this scheme are lower than those in the previous structure, however there were two additional allowances included so that the net salaries (the amount an employee takes home) would not be affected.
Shortly after the introduction of the new salary structure the civil servants employed by the Public Entity Saba expressed their concern to the Executive Council about how the new salary structure would affect their earning power both in the long and the short term. After the pay structure went into effect the civil servants formally requested the SUPLUA to represent them “in all matters related to their positions as Civil Servants working for the Government of Saba”. In the meeting the Executive Council recognized the right of SUPLUA as union to represent the civil servants of the Public Entity.
During the meeting the Executive Council of Saba offered a proposal to the SUPLUA to form a technical committee which will be comprised of two representatives on behalf of SUPLUA and two representatives on behalf of the Island Government. These representatives will look at the implementation of the structure and also how civil servants were affected by the introduction of the new salary system.
Source: Government Information Services Saba.