So for the next two years or more, no government employee, including teachers, shall get even a dime of an increment on his or her salary.
Teachers have their eyes on the unions. The unions either have a decrepit face after being debilitated and crippled by the powers that may be such as the case of KNUT, or are national shells of Office like the case of our own KUPPET NATIONAL OFFICE.
Our goose as teachers was cooked and served once KNUT was brought to its knees, and KUPPET NATIONAL OFFICE went to bed with the powers that may be.
Things moved from the frying pan to the fire when powers got into the heads of our national leaders ostensibly fueled by the carrot and stick games, and “favours and fringe benefits” such as membership by default through agency fees and snowballing number of members.
So no single extra coin shall be earned in the next two or more years. Instead, your slim payslip shall get shredded further come end of January when provident fund shall escalate to 5% of your basic pay, and later to the targeted 7.5% in January 2023. Yet no one cares about this.
If I was a union leader, I’d put my thorax aside and try make the employer and government see the sense.
Shelving of the CBA is argueably based on the economic bottlenecks attributed to COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers aren’t angels, they don’t live in Utopia or the planet Mars. Teachers, like any other employees, have suffered their fare share of the vagaries. They’re part and parcel of the economy and are also facing economic recuperation just like the country is doing. Tell me if there would be an economy without the worker and the taxpayers.
It’s therefore unfair to sacrifice the teachers and civil servants in the name of waiting for the economy to recover before they are considered for any salary increment but at the same time keep drawing provident funds and the high taxes from them.
If the government hasn’t recovered from CORONA vagaries, then equally, teachers and civil servants are still in the woods. So, let the government reintroduce tax relief and suspend any further deductions of the provident funds.