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salaries and payscales

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2014/07/02 The Finance Minister tables an annual budget for South Sudan in parliament. The amount is reduced from SSP 17.3 billion in 2013-4 to SSP 11.3 billion. He reveals that South Sudan has debts of about SSP 10 billion. 74% of the budget is devoted to the salaries of government employees and the security sector. The minister complains at 'fiscal indiscipline', largely meaning corruption. Snippet: The Finance Minister tables an annual budget for South Sudan in parlia....
2014/06 Eden money transfer business has been hard hit by lack of business following widespread non-payment of government salaries during the recent civil conflict. Snippet: Eden money transfer business has been hard hit by lack of business fol....
2014/06 More than a thousand SPLA soldiers desert their posts in Jonglei apparently as a result of non-payment of wages for as much as much as six months. Snippet: More than a thousand SPLA soldiers desert their posts in Jonglei appar....
2014/06/03 The Ministry of Education says it does not know how many teachers there are, and is therefore planning a head-count. The exercise is to interview every individual teacher. Snippet: The Ministry of Education says it does not know how many teachers ther....
2014/05/13 Ghost workers on payrolls are still causing huge losses to corruption, says Interior Minister Aleu Ayieny. He claims to have recovered nearly SSP 2 billion by payroll reform through his ministry, but says the 2013/4 rebellion has left many more ghost workers again. A Salary Payment Committee failed to control the phenomenon, and has been dissolved. Snippet: Ghost workers on payrolls are still causing huge losses to corruption,....
2014/04/30 The National Crisis Management Committee is blamed by the NBGS Education Minister for still blocking payment of teachers' February salaries, leading to stoppages of schooling in the state. Snippet
2014/04/22 The Secretary of the National Workers Union (NWU) says that: civil servants at state level should be paid similar wages to those at national levels; that state governments have been unhappy with the work of the NWU when it tries to follow up on employment rights; and that labour laws need to be reviewed. Snippet
2014/04/09 January and February salaries have still not been paid to employees of Upper Nile State government, due to insecurity in the aftermath of the rebellion. Snippet
2014/04/01 Civil servants' salaries for February will be paid shortly, according to the chairman of national salary committee. They have been delayed due to the rebellion crisis. People absent from work will not be paid. Snippet
2014/03/24 Soldiers wounded and disabled in recent fighting protest in Juba against non-payment of their January salaries. Snippet
2014/03/18 Many teachers in Aweil East County (NBGS) have not been working for several days, because they are waiting at the county centre for the salary committee to arrive, and fear they will miss their salaries if they return to their distant schools. Snippet
2014/03 Unpaid road workers employed by Africa Kongdai in NBGS are on strike over unpaid salaries. Some say they have not been paid for seven months. Snippet
2014/03 School teaching quality is getting worse in NBGS, due to low salaries and unreliable allowances, according to the state education minister. Snippet
2014/03 The Public Service Minister of WBGS believes a new database system will help avoid double employment and other salary-roll anomalies. Snippet
2014/03/01 The Teachers Professional Union in CES complains about non-payment of allowances so far this year, especially in view of high living costs in Juba. Snippet
2014/02/25 Unity state says it will not pay salaries to employees who did not work during the month, even though this may have been due to insecurity related to the rebellion: for instance, teachers whose schools were closed, and others who fled to UN bases. Snippet
2014/02 Four Lakes state officials are suspended, apparently on orders from caretaker governor Dhuol, after allegedly organizing teachers' demonstrations against the state's stoppage of civil servant allowances. The governor says the allowances are only for the military, but others say they are due for all civil servants. Snippet
2013/10/16 Lecturers at Juba University, JGUST and UBEG call off their strike after the NLC allocates SSP 8 million in the final reading of the national budget. Their allowances are to be reinstated as from October. Snippet
2013/10/08 The education minister says that the allowances of university lecturers (who are striking) cannot be reinstated until January 2014, because the government's oil revenues have not yet returned to pre-shut-down (January 2012) levels. Snippet
2013/10/08 The head of the SSWU (South Sudan Workers Union) calls on Juba University teaching staff to cancel their strike threat, following positive action by the government. Professors basic pay had been reduced from about USD 2,700 to USD 1,500, and pay of teaching assistants from USD 870 to USD 500. Their allowances are said to be in arrears of 14 months. President Kiir has ordered a reinstatement of allowances. Snippet
2013 The number of trained medical staff in Yambio hospital falls from 208 in 2009 to 158 in mid-2013. This decrease is attributed largely to lack of promotion opportunities, so that many leave to join NGOs or become self-employed. Staff policies come under the state government. The impact is felt especially in lower antenatal care service. Meanwhile about 60% of the hospital's work is helped by MSF Spain. Snippet 1318
2013/10 A threatened strike by lecturers at Juba University is addressed by the education minister (John Gai Yoh) going to President Kiir, who directs the finance ministry to review the allowance policy. Snippet
2013/10 A screening finds that, out of 483 civil servants on the payroll of Lakes State, 74 were on medical leave, 134 on approved study leave, 29 had died in service, 79 had left the job. 124 names had been wrongly added to the payroll. The Lakes governor had stopped the salaries of those on medical leave, study leave, and secondment to NGOs, and now all salaries are suspended. Snippet
2013/08/23 Angry soldiers in Bor area, Jonglei state, have been blocking roads to protest against six month arrears of salaries. They have been resorting to borrowing from shops, and engaging in petty business (firewood). Snippet
2013/08/24 The WBGS finance minister explains to the state parliament that the July salaries of state employees have not yet been paid because the national Ministry of Finance sent the salaries without the 4% 'state portion revenue collections'. The state governor was currently in Juba trying to get a solution. This situation was said to be common to all the states. The national Ministry of Finance had already imposed a cut in the state budget of almost half. Snippet
2012/08 President Kiir on recommendation of NLA has recently ordered a review of salaries in the national security organs. Snippet
Reference Mini-review
Daniel Akech Thiong, 2014/06/06. Bibliography item: Daniel Akech Thiong (2014/06/06) "Why SSP Gained Agains USD After Dec. 15, 2014". (Article). Gurtong. [Article] Gurtong. Accessed online.

Short article with interesting economic analysis. Plausibly argues that the main reason for the SSP's strength in the last six months is the non-payment of government salaries, particularly to soldiers who defected.

Garang Atem Ayiik, 2014/05/20. Bibliography item: Garang Atem Ayiik (2014/05/20) "South Sudan Pound Appreciation, Risks and Policy Options". (Article). PaanLuel Wël. [Article] PaanLuel Wël. Accessed online.

This article sets out to understand why the SSP has strengthened against the USD in the black market since December 2013, and why bank are refusing or rationing withdrawals of USD from USD bank accounts. The author surmises that USD are leaking from the Central Bank into the black market without passing through the official market, and that too many SSP are being held in the banks. He recommends that the asset position of the Central Bank should be monitored, and that more SSP released into the economy (by prompt payment of salaries) to prevent a catastrophic reduction in economic activity.

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