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The telecom watchdog’s staff has taken the Regulatory Commission to court over a decision to reverse a salary increment given earlier this year. The telecom watchdog’s staff has taken the Regulatory Commission to court over a decision to reverse a salary increment given earlier this year. On Tuesday a case filed by three employee unions in the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) on April 12 was being raised before an Appeal Court bench to set a date for a hearing.

Union officials say December and January increments were paid as per the government’s budget for 2005.

Salaries since February however have reverted to earlier levels, with the Commission announcing that the increments were void as earlier salaries, on which the raise was based on, were not approved by the Treasury.

In addition, the Commission had decided to take back the amounts paid as increments for January and December, deducting it in ten installments from the monthly pay.

The three union’s that represent over 95 of the 150 staff (including contract staff) at the commission are calling for the reinstatement of salary increments, with the arrears and