By Olasunkanmi Onifade
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Technical and Recreational Employees (AUPCTRE) has appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action on the payment of promotion arrears to the federal public servants.
Mr Benjamin Anthony, the AUPCTRE Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Chapter, made the appeal in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
“The payment will go a long in alleviating the pains of the workers in view of the current economic crunch,’’ he said.
He commended the Federal Government for the approval of N44 billion for the payment of backlog of promotion arrears, salary shortfalls and other claims owed the federal public servants since year 2012.
According to him, the present administration deserves a special commendation for the giant stride that will encourage workers to put in their best for the country’s development.
Anthony said that this was in spite of the current economic challenges facing the country.
He also urged AUPCTRE leaders in the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure strict compliance and implementation of proper placement of salary steps of workers.
The AUPCTRE chairman said that a circular from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation dated July 14, 2014 marked “HCSF/CSO/HRM/POL.1402/1/25’’ had directed the implementation.
He said that the circular was, however, not being implemented by many MDAs as directed by the government.
Anthony said the union observed with dismay that many organisations claimed ignorance of the circular and in the process wrongly placed their workers on salary steps during promotion.