Douglas declared in the parliament that his Administration is committed to providing an upgrade in the pay package for civil servants. He said, in addition to restoring increments they will increase wages and salaries by 10% but doing so over the next three years, instead of a one-time pay hike. This will all unfold in 2014 with an immediate increase of 4%, followed by 3% increases in 2015 and 2016.
In terms of the increments, he said that as early as January 2013 his Government had signal to the International Monetary Fund, IMF, a desire to use some of the fiscal space created from the sacrifice of civil servants, to reward their diligence and hard work.
Therefore, said, Dr. Douglas, starting in January 2014, “…we will discontinue the wage freeze and will restore increments so that all civil servants who are eligible for incremental payments can look forward to receiving this well-earned payment.”
Similar adjustments will be made to the pension payments of retired civil servants. He said they were partly introducing the new measures because of the bold and courageous partnership that his Government formed, as an employer, with the employees, to make a success story of their expenditure control measures.
“This government will never practice ungratefulness and that is why we were able to negotiate and secure the necessary resources to pay a bonus in celebration of our 30th Anniversary of Independence, stated the Prime Minister.
He stated that this was the beginning of the package designed to bring relief and express gratitude to the hard working civil servants.