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Aug 5, 2016

Salary Adjustments for Public Officers and Teachers on the Backburner

Joseph Waight

Despite the unexpected power challenges raised by the passage of the indomitable Earl, News Five has been continuing its comprehensive coverage of the storm and its impacts in the short and medium term, on the ground and in your pockets. But this news will certainly be as unwelcome as the hurricane, at least to public officers and teachers. For weeks the union negotiating team and G.O.B. have been meeting to discuss the quantum of the third and final adjustment to salaries. Only it seems Earl has made those discussions moot, at least for the time being.

 

Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary

“We’re already in challenging times, and this makes the challenge even more difficult. As they say, I learned many years ago as a young economist, is the allocation of scarce resources. Therefore if there is something that happened now that takes priority, something else may have to give. We will find resources to meet this challenge, but something else will have to give, and that’s the message I want to give. It’s not business as usual. We have obligations in front of us, and there are certain things that we may have to postpone and we’ll ask everybody to so a little more sacrifice because really we are at a point now where we have to reach out and help the less fortunate. There is great demand for housing and for infrastructure. We don’t know how the economy will look. It was already in a weak position. If we lose agriculture output and export earnings – essentially yes we’ll find money to meet the immediate demand, but something else will have to take a secondary position.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, the FinSec spoke about something that’s going to have to give. Could one of those things factor in to the negotiation with teachers and public officers? I gather that the FinSec has been meeting with them for some months to try to figure out how much…”

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Well if you’re suggesting that they might want to consider having that salary increase postponed as a consequence of what has now happened, I think that would be an excellent suggestion, so if that’s the suggestion you’re making I encourage you to repeat it over and over again.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, it’s definitely not my suggestion. I’m asking if that is one of the things that the FinSec is suggesting without speaking out loud.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I don’t know. You could ask him. But in order not to be coy, Mike, I – you deny that you’re making a suggestion but you raised it so in effect I hope you won’t feel offended if I suggest you’ve put it on the table. But let me relieve you from any pressure. I think it is something I intended to put on the table even in the absence of you putting it on the table. Clearly in the circumstances everybody needs to make sacrifices and I don’t think it would be too much to ask in terms of the public officers and teachers that we have a discussion about the possibility of postponing this increase which is theirs, and which they must get, either now or at some point in the future.”

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1 Response for “Salary Adjustments for Public Officers and Teachers on the Backburner”

  1. Teacher says:

    “Well if you’re suggesting that they might want to consider having that salary increase postponed as a consequence of what has now happened, I think that would be an excellent suggestion, so if that’s the suggestion you’re making I encourage you to repeat it over and over again.”

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