The Government has announced that Cabinet has granted approval for sweeper/cleaners at all public schools to be immediately offered employment on a full-time contract gratuity basis at the public service minimum wage level.
In a statement today, the Government said the Cabinet has given the directive in order for steps to be taken to regularize the manner in which sweeper/cleaners are employed and paid at public schools.
For years, sweeper-cleaners have expressed the desire to be considered as regular employees at public institutions and receive similar benefits.
The government said the decision brings to closure a long outstanding matter which has affected this category of workers in the public school system.
The government also announced today that steps have also been initiated to address other pending anomalies in the salaries being paid to other categories of employees, including some teachers who are affected by inconsistencies in their pay grades depending on the year in which they were appointed.
Back in 2017, the cabinet under the former Government had made a decision for sweeper-cleaners to be employed on a full time basis, but the move was not enforced as some regions continued the hiring of the sweeper-cleaners on a part-time basis.
The GPSU had expressed its worry about the decision of some regions.