Workers’ union demands timely pay for civil servants

Workers’ union demands timely pay for civil servants
Officials from South Sudan Workers, Traders, and Transport Union pose for a photo after their press conference ahead of Labor International Day. They are calling for the improvement of working conditions in the country. [Alex Bullen, City Review]

The South Sudan Workers Trader Union Federation (SSWTUF) has called on the government to establish favourable policies to enhance the conditions of workers in the country.

Speaking at a press conference held at the SSWTUF headquarters in Juba, ahead of the International Labor Day celebration, the SSWTUF President Bona Jeing Angok, said the country’s leaders must improve the working conditions of the civil servants.

He said that most South Sudanese workers are dissatisfied because of the difficulties they face due to low payments and delayed salaries.

“Workers are highly vital in every country in the globe, and they deserve every right. They are entitled to something that will help them support their family, such as paying their children’s school tuition.”

Bona reiterated that every civil servant deserves to receive their salaries on time and without delay as is happening in other countries. He said some individuals have suffered just because they are not receiving what is owed to them.

“As we prepare for this year’s International Labour Day Celebration, our government will need to work closely with the SSWTUF to set up a good mechanism that will allow our people to receive what is rightfully theirs,” the SSWTUF boss stated.

According to Bona, development and good service delivery will only occur if workers are satisfied, stating that they will be satisfied only if they obtain all they agreed to in the contract.

“The workers are like advisors so the authorities should consult the workers on any issues related to them, especially when doing the research before taking any decision. Taking any technical decisions without consulting workers is not the right decision.”

He urged the authorities to take them seriously, and that any decisions made by the authorities should involve the workers because it will be difficult for them to implement if they did not consult them.

Agasio Akol Arop Chan, a Member of Parliament, who is also the Chairperson of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Labour and Industrial Relations, said that lawmakers have taken note of the issues facing workers across the country with great concern.

“As workers’ representatives in parliament, we have observed the challenges that civil servants face; we are not happy, but what we have in our hands, we need to continue with while hoping for a better life ahead of us.”

“However, we can state that we need to put more effort into addressing the concerns so that our people around the country who are dealing with high cost [of living] and those who are not receiving their salaries on time or are receiving less can continue to exist.”