Police men and women throughout the country deserve a salary increase like all other public servants who just got theirs increased by 3 percent.
These are public servants who are subjected to all the economic hardships like rising prices of goods and services but continue to provide security for the country.
This increase will not be a new or extra ordinary request, the Police Association, the RPNGC and the Department of Personnel Management (DPM) already have an existing and legally binding industrial agreement to increase police personnel’s salaries every three (3) years.
The above parties are signatories to the Enterprise Based Agreement (EBA), which was first signed in 2006 and have been consecutively renewed until 2017 (last renewed).
It was supposed to be reviewed and renewed two times since then but given the onset of the Covid 19 crisis and 2022 National General Elections, no attempts has been made and it is still pending.
We are not silent and obsolete, we pursue our members’ interest as and when required, we don’t boast but we have achieved an improved employment terms and conditions that are currently enjoyed by all the police officers, including non-members.
The association now demands a six (6) percent cumulative salary increase as per the EBA and also want the Commissioner of Police to sit with Association and discuss this matter promptly.
In addition, we now call on the RPNGC management in the Human Resources Division to instigate consultation and dialogue to renew this EBA and award the salary increases the men and women in blue deserve.
Furthermore, the association also requests the Commissioner of Police, DPM Secretary and the Treasury Department to immediately meet and factor this increase in the 2023 National Budget.
Police force has done a tremendous job in successfully enforcing the Covid 19 restrictions to prevent and mitigate the spread of this dreadful disease and also, most importantly, had delivered a very vital national event, the National General Elections of 2022, irrespective of the political outcomes.
They continue to contain various sporadic ethnic clashes in the nation’s capital and other parts of the country.
The national government must acknowledge this efforts and labor rendered through salaries and allowances increases via the existing EBA.