Cuepacs says weighing Raya bonus request

Osman said Cuepacs was against letting graduates apply for SPM-qualification posts. — File picOsman said Cuepacs was against letting graduates apply for SPM-qualification posts. — File picKUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) is looking at various initiatives to ease the burden of 1.4 million civil servants, including urging the government to consider Aidilfitri bonus payment.

Its president, Datuk Omar Osman, said Cuepacs would seek views from the relevant authorities before submitting its request.

He said Cuepacs did not want irresponsible people to hike prices of essential items every time the congress appealed for incentives from the government, including bonus.

“We (Cuepacs) are looking at the best option available so as not to burden the government, workers and business community,” he told reporters after attending a special congress meeting here today.

The meeting was attended by 130 council members while Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa also had a dialogue after the meeting.

Cuepacs also reiterated its call to the new Public Service Commission (PSC) review its decision to  allow candidates with bachelor’s degree to apply for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) level positions.

Omar said Cuepacs was not in agreement with the policy as it would close career opportunities for SPM applicants apart from creating problems to the PSC in future.

Apart from that, Cuepacs is also against the PSC policy of allowing candidates to submit a single application for up to 15 positions, compared with five in the past.

According to him, the decisions on the two policies would be presented to PSC chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam on July 19.

Omar said Cuepacs was informed that 800 positions for SPM level qualification was offered to graduates.

Meanwhile, Ali Hamsa said his presence and dialogue with Cuepacs was aimed at enhancing the existing relationship and to improve the delivery system. — Bernama


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