Benjamin Arthur, CEO of FWSC
Benjamin Arthur, CEO of FWSC
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The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) says it has successfully completed drafting modalities for the payment of the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to all public sector workers.

Demands for COLA resulted in weeks of labour agitation and industrial actions leaving the government to commit to paying workers 15% of their salaries.

The workers had argued worsening economic conditions had rendered their current salaries inadequate.

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The government and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission managed to beat down the 20% demand to 15% effective July 1.

Workers are however yet to receive the money.

Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Benjamin Arthur, told JoyNews that payment will commence soon.

“We are certain that government will implement it so nobody should have doubts. As soon as possible. Realizing the money in your pocket, we are working on the schedule, and I am sure, maybe in about two to three weeks’ time, the government will come out public with the exact date.

The “modalities” have been worked out, “and it will have to be communicated to organized labour.”

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