Update on Base Pay negotiations 2023; meeting adjourned to 11th January
The agenda, Continuation of Base Pay Negotiations has been discussed on 10th January, 2023 at the Ministry of Health (Conference Room).
Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) invited representatives of the Government Team, Labour Unions/Association, and the Security Services for the scheduled meeting where they negotiated for the eighth (8th) time on Base Pay.
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Earlier, the Base Pay was negotiated to a point where the Government moved upwards to 18% and the Organised Labour also negotiated 58%.
On 10th January, 2023 at the meeting, the Government team pushed upwards with their negotiations where they made a 2% increment meaning, at the meeting, they agreed on 20% Base Pay.
However, Organised Labour presented 50% as their new request with the justification of helping to reach the best negotiations.
Due to low percent negotiations, the meeting has been adjourned to 11th January, 2023 for another negotiation with high hope for the best.
From the lens of Labour Minister, it is evident that they are not delighted with the turns the government is making on the issue of Base Pay since the inception of their negotiations till date.
From 2011 to 2019, the government is fond of increasing the Base Pay with a lower margin.
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In 2011, the Base Pay was increased to 20%, in 2012 (18%), 2013 (10%), 2015 (13%), 2016 (10%), 2017 (12.5%), 2018 (11%), and 2019 (10%).
Based on the trend at which the government is handling the increment of Base Pay when invited for discussion, it will take a long period to settle on the best and most acceptable Base Pay with regards to how Organised Labour is charged with their negotiations.