The Public Service Commission (PSC) Secretary General, Angelina Muganza, Thursday said that every public servant in the country has a right to appeal to the commission in case of conflicts between employees and employers.
Speaking at a news conference, Muganza said that the commission would continue approaching various government institutions to monitor and evaluate employment processes and working conditions.
“Everybody has an obligation to appeal to the commission in case of any problem…we will also continue visiting different institutions to observe how the workers are treated and observe if employment procedures are followed,” she said.
Responding to a question about why some workers keep changing jobs with different government institutions, Muganza said that people are free to change jobs as long as they qualify and compete for the positions.
“It’s good for government workers to seek another job that they think pays a better salary as long as they have the required qualifications and have the required competence.”
She cited poor working environment, low salaries and level of education as some of the factors that motivate employees to switch employment.
Bonaventure Niyibizi, who chairs the commission’s board pointed out that it is always rational for employees to know their rights and how to exercise them.
“What we want is for public servants to know their rights and the government’s will to ensure that their rights are respected at whichever institution that employs them.
“That’s why the government initiated this commission to promote fairness, transparence, and a good working environment for workers,” Niyibizi underlined.
According to statistics, the commission has resolved about 678 petitions by mistreated public servants since it was established.