Months after receiving a huge pay rise under a new contract, permanent secretaries serving the illegal Fiji government are to pay themselves for annual leave not used under their old contract.
Though never confirmed officially, all current permanent secretaries, including the Police Commisioner and the Prisons Commissioner have received a pay rise as high as $220,000.
And now comes the confirmation they will be paid for any annual leave not taken under their old individual contracts. Though no amount is available, it would be in the thousands of dollars.
According to Public Service Commission circular obtained by C 4.5, all permanent secretaries are advised they qualify for this payment immediately.
The circular reads: “Further to PSC Circular 54/2013 of 29/8/2013, you are hereby reminded that all Annual Leave which respective Permanent Secretaries have accrued prior to 1/9/2013 must be compensated based on their previous salary grade on US01.
"Please note that there should not be any pending/outstanding leave carried forward to the new leave year effective from 1/9/2013 upon the commencement of the temporary contract.”