CAAB’s Controversial pay structure put on hold
By Aubrey Lute
The Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB), Puseletso G. Moshabesha has been forced to engage employees in connection with the controversial new pay structure which was recently “approved” by the CAAB board. The pay structure has been put on hold until further notice following petitions from staff.
The organizational structure has divided CAAB staff and the Directorate of Air Navigation Services, especially Aeronautical Telecommunications Technicians have taken the legal route giving CAAB seven to stop implementation of the new structure.
Meanwhile it is understood that the Ministry of Transport and Communications has advised that the pay structure be suspended until further notice. Further this publication learns that the executive management team met on Thursday and decided to suspend the implementation of the new organizational structure 2017 until further notice.
The organizational structure was to be implemented on 1st October 2017 as per the letter dated 18th September authored by the CEO, Moshabesha in which he wrote, “Staff is hereby informed that the Board, at its meeting held on 7th September 2017, approved the Revised Organizational structure with effect from 1st October 2017.”
Despite the spirited press release campaign by the CAAB’s Public Relations Manager Modipe Nkwe to the effect that the organizational structure has not been suspended, Weekend Post learns that the implementation of the Organisational Structure is on hold. This publication also took liberty to inquire with Nkwe on the reports that some professionals at the CAAB have engaged an attorney to stop the implementation of the structure and this was his response:
“The Air Navigation Services has no intention of going to court. However, CAAB has received a letter of Attorneys instructed by Aeronautical Telecommunications Technicians – a section within the Air Navigation Services Department.” Asked if other any other staff members have petitioned management on the subject of the new pay structure, he said, “CAAB has received a letter from attorneys representing Aeronautical Telecommunications Technicians. But the letter is not a petition but a letter expressing dissatisfaction on the outcome of the Pay structure.” Weekend Post has engaged a couple of staff members of CAAB who confirmed that they have expressed dissatisfaction with the new pay structure by way of writing.
Nkwe further said the CAAB is still to address the matter internally and therefore no outside attorneys have been appointed to represent the Authority. The proposed new pay structure at the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) has divided staff, with those on the technical side but lower bands accusing those on the Human Resources and Administration bands of coming up with a self-serving structure albeit undermining the “core” cadres of aviation.
The positions grading levels for approved structure – April 2014 compared with the revised structure of October 2017 were shared with staff this week and caused a lot of consternation especially in the middle and lower bands.In an effort to deal with disgruntled staff the CEO had on the 6th of October 2017 wrote an internal memorandum to staff to this effect: “In preparation for the implementation of the approved organizational structure, Management is currently engaging in consultation with relevant stakeholders which will include yourselves/staff. Therefore, the schedule for consultation will be communicated to you in due course.”
It is understood that the consultation process could be halted because it has been resolved that the consultant Deloitte will have to work on the structure again. Meanwhile the CEO, Moshabesha was expected to go on leave from Thursday until next week Monday but the Ministry did not approve it, and asked him to deal with the divisive issue of a new pay structure at CAAB. Moshabesha has to deal with unhappy Air Traffic Controllers, Aviation Security Officers, Aviation Firemen, and Air craft maintenance officers among others. These cadres have been notched at lower bands of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in the CAAB pay structure but they are convinced that they should have been capped at a better scale.
The aggrieved staff point to the Corporate Services directorate which houses human resources and administration personnel as self-serving. According to the new pay structure a number of positions have been moved from band 5 to band 4; and others in their majority have been moved from band 6 to band 4. There is only one person or position pegged at the middle band of 8, an Administrative Assistant, the rest are between 2 and 6 bands.
The Chief Executive Officer remains at the top of the chart on band 1 followed by Heads, Aviation Security and Facilitation Oversight, and Head, Air Transport; Director, Aviation Safety Oversight; Director, Air Navigation Services, Director Airport Services; Director, Corporate Services; and Director, Airport Engineering and Maintenance, who are all on band 2. Corporate Secretary and General Counsel has been downgraded from band 2 to band 3. The biggest jump in the new grading level is observed at the Public Relations and Communication department where the Public Relations and Communications Officer has been upgraded from band 8 to band 5. Head of Public Relations and Communications has been also upgraded from band 4 to band 3.
At Directorate level the staff there ranks the lowest among all the departments with the highest band being 5, held by a Public Affairs Officer and the lowest being 13 held by a Cleaner. A Systems Analyst has been pegged at band 7 in the Directorate. Under Airport Engineering and Maintenance, a most Engineers have been upgraded from band 6 to band 5 while technicians have been upgraded from band 8 to band 7.
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