Cuepacs Urges Govt To Increase Minimum Salary For Civil Servants To RM1,800
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The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Service (Cuepacs) is once again pushing for the government to increase the minimum wage of civil servants to RM1,800. This is so that they can cope with the rising costs of living, as well as to have better living conditions.

The president of Cuepacs, Datuk Adnan Mat stressed that the union is dissatisfied with the existing salary of civil servants as it is insufficient, with living expenses going up as prices of goods are often increasing. “This situation is unfair for civil servants with the income they’re earning. We have proposed to the government that their minimum monthly pay be raised to RM1,800. Although the government has approved the amount of RM1,500 for government-linked company (GLC) employees, we still want it at RM1,800,” he said.

The government had recently agreed to raise the minimum monthly salary from the current RM1,200 (for urban areas) to RM1,500 starting from 1 May 2022. The implementation of this revision will first involve the employees of large companies and GLCs, and the government has also promised that all civil servants will receive a total pay and allowance of at least RM1,500 per month soon. Meanwhile, Cuepacs has been pushing for a minimum wage of RM1,800 for civil servants since a while back, with its most recent call being in February 2022.

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Aside from that, Datuk Adnan highlighted that the implementation of the new minimum pay will give rise to a narrow gap in the earnings of new employees and employees who have served longer in the civil force. To bridge this gap, Cuepacs believe that two salary increments for the latter group is in order.

Furthermore, Datuk Adnan said that the new salary system should be implemented quickly and in a comprehensive manner so that civil servants can enjoy better financial stability. “As for the past 20 years, we have implemented the same remuneration system, which I the Malaysian Remuneration System. This system needs to be changed,” he said.

(Source: Malay Mail)

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