Recalling that the last review of salaries and conditions of service at the CEB, which takes place every four years, dates back to 2017, Joe Lesjongard informed that the report concerning the last review exercise for the period 2021-2025 was presented by the consultancy firm Deloitte in January 2022. He added that the draft collective agreement for the effective implementation of the report was then submitted to the management and the board of directors of the CEB and to the trade unions concerned, namely the Central Electricity Board Staff Association (CEBSA), Central Electricity Board Employees' Union and Other Energy Sectors (UECEBOES), and Central Electricity Board Workers' Union (CEBWU), for consideration.
According to Joe Lesjongard, the increase in real salary converted to new salary is between 19% and 25%, with variations resulting from aspects such as ranks and responsibilities. He explained that the consultant had taken into account the inflation rate of the last four fiscal years, and the expected inflation rate for the periods 2022-2023 in order to compensate for the loss of employee power estimated at 11%. “Technical adjustments to address pay gaps between grades as well as to respond to disputes between the CEB and the unions at the level of the Labor Relations Tribunal have also been taken into account,” said Joe Lesjongard.
The Minister of Energy informed that the consultant has proposed that the arrears of wages and allowances due from July 2021 to CEB employees be paid in three installments over a period of two years. Furthermore, he pointed out that the report would enable the Organization to recognize the work of employees and reward their efforts. In this regard, Joe Lesjongard mentioned the establishment of a new grid for CEB engineers and managers, based on qualifications, skills and functions. He also talked about the training that will be provided to employees to enable them to take on greater responsibilities in the future.