Industrial relations officers lose scarce skills case

Justice Letsidid
Justice Letsidid

Twenty-two industrial relations officers who had taken the former Director of Public Service Management (DPSM), Carter Morupisi, to court arguing that they were eligible to be paid scarce skills allowance have lost the case.

But the employees did not go home empty handed as the court ordered that each one of them be assessed and considered for progression. Upon hearing attorneys for both parties, Justice Modiri Letsididi ordered that union members who were employed, as mediators under the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs (MLHA) were not eligible to be paid the scarce skills allowance.

Letsididi also ordered, “Each of the union be assessed and considered for progression and be placed in the correct grade and be remunerated accordingly”. The respondents, namely DPSM, Attorney General and MLHA Permanent Secretary shall pay 50 percent of the applicant’s costs.

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