Cuepacs: Govt should tackle stress problem, revise living allowance

SIBU: The Congress of Unions of Employees in Public and Civil Service (Cuepacs) want the government to look into stress problems affecting up to 30% of the civil servants at all levels, including teachers, administrators and enforcement personnel.

The union also wants the government to revise the cost of living allowance (Cola) for all civil servants and the regional allowances for civil servants in Sabah and Sarawak.

Speaking at a press conference after attending the Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers' Union on Saturday (Jan 19), Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda said as civil servants are stressed due to heavy workload, it has affected the quality of their work and making themopt for early retirement.

"A comprehensive study on stress needs to be conducted as there are already many civil servants who have retired early," he said.

Azih said this stress was caused by extra workload issues because when there staff retired or passed away, their positions were not filled by new people.

"Instead the existing staff have to do their work. If the job needs to be done in one hour, the have to do it in one hour. Before that a job was done by five workers, but now two people have to do that particular job," he added.

On Cola, he said it needed to be revised due to the increasing cost of living which also affected all civil servants. The last time, Cola was revised was in 2012 with the recipients getting between RM250 and RM350 per month.

"Cuepace feels that the cost of living are increasing, not only in major towns and cities but in rural areas. We want the government to revise the allowance so as to reduce the burden of civil servants," he added.

On the regional allowance for  the 42,000 state and federal civil servants in Sabah and 35,000 in Sarawak, he said it had not been revised for many years.

"The regional allowance is at 25% of the basic salary. But with the increase in their salary from RM800 to RM1,200 they are still getting the same amount of regional allowance," he added.

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