-House Launches Probe to Right the Wrong
At least 37 engineers of the Ministry of Public Works, in a five-page communication, have expressed their frustrations on the low and unfair distribution of salaries and allowances among engineers at the ministry, and are seeking the intervention of the House of Representatives.
The Ministry of Public Works engineers are responsible to implement or monitor and supervise all national infrastructure projects implemented by the government and its partners.
“Under our assignment, we work for many hours in the sun and rain to ensure the successful completion of those projects, sometimes in difficult, challenging and unsafe environments,” the communication, under the signatures of 37 engineers, said.
“Despite these conditions, our remunerations for such services are among the least on the pay scale at the Ministry of Public Works.
“Currently, at the Ministry of Public Works, there is huge disparity in the general allowance and salaries of staff having similar qualifications and experience.”
The engineers further complain that the ministry is paying higher salaries to filing clerks, office assistants, and drivers than them.
According to the communication, bachelor degree holding engineers with more than five years of work experience are receiving general allowances in the range of US$225 – US$450 per month, while others at the master’s degree level with more than five years of work experience are receiving allowances ranging from US$700 – US$1,150 a month.
“At the same time, there are some engineers that hold the same degrees but receive higher salaries; some over US$3,000.,” read the communication.
According to the communication, the concerned engineers are: Dekontee Sartoe, Christopher Blamoh, Deena Cooper, Govego Tennih, Frederick Hunder, Elvis Mensahn, Dominik Aryeetey, Benjamin Yiediboe, Sidney Devine, Sam Kolliebo, Alasca Cummings, Ansu Brums, Kollie Koikoi, Hassan Fahnbulleh, and Emmanuel White.
Others are Johnny Browne (contractor), Ericsson G. Zardee, Peter Brooks, Zoe Peal, Kelvin Kroma (contractor), Ophelia Bedell, Melvin Saye, Dave Lormiequoinah, Elijah Joboe, Christopher Teah, Edward Quatee, Solomon Garpue, Frank Songor, Amos Pippins, Vilton Korma, Bill Wesseh, Daniel Tamba, D. Lormutor Kpangba, and Emmanuel Kaye.
The engineers, in their communication, have proposed the following:
“Those engineers with bachelor degrees and more than five years of work experience should be paid general allowances of at least US$1,000; those with less than five years be paid at least US$600; those with master’s degree and more than five years of work experience should be paid US$1,300; and those with less than five years of work experience should get at least US$750.
“Overall, there should not be more than a 30 percent difference between the salaries of bachelor and master degree holders, especially those with less than fifteen years of work experience,” the communication said. “That the harmonization of salaries and general allowance should be implemented, taking into consideration qualification and experience; thus implementing the grade.”
The House of Representatives has established a Joint Committee, comprising the Committees on Claims & Petitions; Labor; the Judiciary; Public Works; and Ways, Means, Finance, and Development Planning.
The Joint Committee is tasked to investigate the disparity, including the low and unfair distribution of salaries and allowances for engineers at the Ministry of Public Works and report by or in three weeks.