The public servants are owed increments dating back to 2014 and six months in 2016. The amount of the arrears has not been disclosed.
A government statement said that the agreement was signed over the last weekend committing the Dr. Keith Mitchell administration to pay all outstanding increments by February 15th, 2017.
“It also commits government to hold a meeting with the unions in November of 2016 to discuss the fiscal position of government in order to determine if government can make at least one payment in December 2016,” the statement added.
It stated that if “it is determined that government is not a position to make such a payment, then increment payments will be made in January and February of 2017”.
Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, Mike Sylvester, said “government is committed to the process and its obligation to pay and has already demonstrated such commitment by adjusting the salaries of eligible public officers in July 2016 to bring their salaries up to the 2016 level.
Government has agreed to make a further adjustment in salary in January 2017 to keep salaries current in 2017.”
He said the government was pleased that an amicable agreement has been reached and praised the unions for the maturity they demonstrated in the negotiations.
“The union representatives expressed satisfaction on signing the agreement and stated their willingness to continue working with government to resolve other outstanding issues as amicably as possible, going forward,” the statement noted.
In a radio and television broadcast in June, Prime Minister Mitchell said with regards to increments, the Ministry of Finance had completed the calculations for the outstanding period as well as for the current period, including 2017.
“Therefore, 2016 and 2017 increments will be paid as due. With regard to the arrears, 2014 and 2015, Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Finance to engage in discussions with the representative unions to decide on a payment plan that will see the liquidation of this debt at an agreed upon schedule.”
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