By KHARLEEZ ZUBIN
TWO unions representing about 12,000 Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) employees want the restructuring exercise of the staff scheme to be implemented immediately.
The Amalgamated National Union of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Anulae DBKL) and the Kuala Lumpur City Workers Union (KLMTU) have urged mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail to implement the upgrading exercise immediately.
Anulae DBKL chairman Zakaria Abdullah and KLMTU secretary-general Munian Appoo in expressing their gratitude to the mayor for having the interest of the workers at heart added that there should not be any delay as the Public Service Department had approved it.
Zakaria and Munian said this at a press conference at Wisma Cuepacs in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“We are of the view that City Hall is not moving fast enough to implement the exercise because we believe there are some pressure from disgruntled staff,” said Zakaria.
It is learnt that some officers are not happy because they were not included in the exercise.
For example, the PSD only approved 10 slots from the 24 heads of departments to be upgraded beyond their current Grade 54 scale to the JUSA grade.
“The mayor initiated the scheme after having discussions with representatives of the unions and took it up to the PSD and now he must stand firm in seeing it though,” said Munian.
According to Zakaria, the restructuring scheme, which covered all grades of services, was effective July 1.
“But thus far there has been only a few workers upgraded or contract workers confirmed,” he said.
According to a few senior union representatives “little Napoleons” within the organisation with some influence posed a hindrance to the smooth and speedy implementation of the scheme.
The scheme will also see many contract workers confirmed and new intake to fill the vacancies left behind by upward movement of staff. Several departments will also be merged in the exercise to reduce overlapping of duties.
Ahmad Fuad, who announced the scheme recently, had noted that the Housing Management Department would be merged with the Social and Community Development Department; the Petty Traders Development and Management Department merged with the Licensing Department; and the Health Department merged with the Landscaping and Urban Cleaning Control Department.