3% SALARY INCREMENT WIDENS GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR

-Molale emerges biggest winner of the strike with P16 716. 00 salary hike
– Festinah Bakwena gets P14 664.00
– Striking workers get P408

One of the biggest opponent of the recently ended public service strike, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President,(PSP) has turned out to be its biggest winner.

Molale

PSP, Eric Molale,emerged the biggest beneficiary of the 3% salary increment emanating from the unions negotiations efforts with  an entertainment allowance that is equivalent to a whole salary of the least paid government employee.

The Public Service Management Directive no 5 of 2011, dated, 12 September 2011 has indicated that Molale and the chief justice’s  annual entertainment allowance only, is  almost equivalent to the least paid employee’s entire annual salary in the A3 scale.

Molale rakes in a whopping P13, 236.00 annually for entertainment only whilst government’s least paid officers, who include groundsmen and security guards toil for a whole year to net a paltry P13 656.00 in  salaries.
In monthly terms, these A3 class will battle to balance a budget of  P1, 138 after the three percent salary increment, while Molale and Justice Maruping Dibotela will each simply refresh with P1.103 every month.

The directive further revealed that Molale, Dibotelo and the Director of Public Service Management, Festinah Bakwena’s salaries were hiked by P1 393.00 and P1 222.00 per month respectively, whilst the workers in the A3 category who gallantly fought for an increment that was vehemently opposed by both Bakwena and Molale got a mere P34.00 increment per month.

Monthly, the PSP and the Chief Justice would be paid P47 801.00 each while Bakwena’s bank account will be bursting at the seams with a whooping P41 932.00.  Annually, Bakwena’s salary would translate to P556 896 while Molale and Dibotelo would take home P573 612.00.

At the bottom of the salary scale, the A3 would struggle to make ends meet with a mere P408. 00 extra cash annually.The increment, which further disadvantaged those at the bottom of the rung comes into effect this month after the government shot down the union’s suggestion to distribute the total amount in a pyramid scale, in an effort to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.

Meanwhile unmarried soldiers might have to consider getting hitched  and having children if they want to make extra cash. According to the directive, the Botswana Defence Force would pay a monthly spouse allowance of P531. 30 and  P57. 50 per child.

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