Symbolic nationwide GMOA strike tomorrow for ad hoc wage policy – ​​The Island

Accusing the incumbent government of brazenly violating the National Wages and Salaries Policy, the Government Medical Officers’ Association has announced that it will begin a one-day token nationwide strike tomorrow (21) to protest what She claimed that unscrupulous government actions had compelled the entire public sector to launch a wave of strikes.

The GMOA, in a statement announcing the industrial action, accuses the government of following the destructive yahapalana policy of ad hoc wage increases in the public sector.

The statement said that the GMOA Central Committee has decided to launch a symbolic industrial action on Monday, February 21, 2022 against the current government violating the national wage policy and provoking the entire public service to launch a wave of strikes through of an ill-advised cabinet. papers.

The GMOA said the government should take direct responsibility for the current wave of strikes caused by the collapse of national wage policy, and pointed out that a country can be destabilized by wages without policy as well as war.

Salary is a crucial factor in maintaining the right composition of human resources in any institution or country in an efficient and more productive manner and thus fulfilling the desired role, the GMOA pointed out in a statement.

When the salary is not optimal, the institution or service will not be able to obtain or retain the right human resources.

The only way to solve this problem is to stop making salary decisions through Cabinet documents and refer them to the National Salaries Commission, which is made up of technically capable people, and make decisions on salaries in the civil service in accordance with the national salary policy.

If the salary scale is incorrectly set, in addition to the breakdown of the productivity of this organization or department, the internal stability of the organization will also be lost.

The overall salary includes base salary, allowances and benefits and, when determining its scaling factors such as educational qualifications, training time, technical skills, responsibility and responsibility for taking decision, professional risk and complexity are taken into account.

Prior to 2003, the civil service faced a wave of strikes due to the arbitrary introduction of the salary factor through ministerial and cabinet committees. Its health service, the most affected, was disrupted by a wave of strikes 185 days out of 365 days a year.

The GMOA realizing this intervened to correct the wage factor and improve the civil service which had collapsed as a result of the strikes through the following three proposals.

1. Eliminate cabinet documents, cabinet committees, and cabinet subcommittees that publish arbitrary pay scales without proper study.

2. Appoint a National Salary and Remuneration Commission and secure resource contributions from top academics in the relevant field.

3. Make all salary reviews only in accordance with a national salary policy.

In 2003, then President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga established a National Salaries and Remuneration Commission and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa preserved the national salary policy formulated by the Commission in 2006 and gave stability to public service.

However, again during the period of good governance, the Cabinet began to violate the national salary policy by modifying salaries in the judicial and legal field.

The government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also further complicates this arbitrary process by disregarding the factors that should be taken into account in determining the aforementioned salary scale, through Cabinet and Ministry documents or personal commissions.

Today, the country is destabilized by a wave of strikes due to the sensitive issue of wages, just as the country was destabilized during the war, notes the GMOA.