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House panel summons OATRH director to depose on gov’t Classification and Compensation Plan

Rep. Domingo Torres García


House Labor Affairs Committee Chairman Domingo Torres García announced Monday that he has summoned the director of the Office of Administration and Transformation of Human Resources (OATRH by its Spanish initials) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to a public hearing to discuss the government’s Classification and Compensation Plan.

“One year after the OATRH director announced the Classification and Compensation Plan for the central government, it is imperative that the country knows what phase it is in and when employees will be able to see the results, if any, of its implementation,” Torres García said.

He said the hearing to ascertain the plan’s details will take place on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 in the Capitol.

“Since the plan was announced, it has generated different opinions and expectations among public employees of the central government,” the lawmaker said. “For this reason, we have been attentive to the development of this plan, and, in turn, we have provided space for a concrete elaboration that allows salary justice for thousands of public employees. What the employees expect from the classification and remuneration plan is an increase that compensates and compares with salaries in the private sector.”

“We want the director of OATRH, who has been summoned to appear in person, to indicate the preparation of the Classification and Compensation Plan, the scales, salaries, the cost of implementation, resources available, obstacles in the process, changes, adjustments, appeal processes that employees will have and expectations of the implementation,” Torres García said.

The legislator added that the information that has been publicly disclosed is that the plan’s entry into force has been postponed. Still, those employees who will see a salary increase will receive it retroactively to January 2023, he said.

“In addition, at this point the OATRH must know specifically the number of employees that are going to be affected and must have the official scales finalized,” Torres García said.

The House Labor Committee has held two previous public hearings on the topic.

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