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Jan 6, 2014

Palacio says pending increments and salary adjustments are 2 different things

According to Luke Palacio, the fixed date was set by government and the delay, he says, needs to be explained by the prime minister.  Furthermore, Palacio maintains that there is a distinction between the salary adjustment and a pending increment for teachers and public servants who qualify for the two percent raise.  The manner in which it was described in the address, says Palacio, gives the impression that the increment is an added bonus.

 

Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U.

“He proposed first of July as the effective date.  The reasons they gave, the official side that is, including the financial secretary and the C.E.O.s that represent the government’s side and the three lead ministers that were there, they were saying that the financial year ends in March.  Because of the formula that is proposed they would have needed some time to determine indeed what the revenue outturn at the end of that financial year would have been, which would have been thirty-first of March. 

Luke Palacio

So they needed some time to determine that and then to determine of course or calculate what was the difference over the previous year’s gross revenue.  And so we said fine, we understand that that has to be done because if we wanted to be intransigent we could have said to them we’re not moving, we want it first of April.  But it is retroactive to first of April, effective first of July.  So that was the reason he gave, he and his team, and again the unions.  We complied, we took a flakking from membership on some of these issues but we were able to understand that reasoning.  Why now he has said what he has said, he needs to clarify that.  The other matter we want to clear up as it relates to the prime minister’s New Year’s message is, he is saying that in addition to the two percent increment, that this increase will be substantial.  Well we want to again clear up for the public that the increment and the salary adjustment are two separate issues, distinct issues because whether there would have been a salary adjustment this year workers who qualify for increments would have been given an increment, be they teachers, be they public officers.  So we don’t want to, we don’t believe in trying to cloudy the water and make people believe that indeed these teachers and these public officers are greedy.  They are getting a big, big salary adjustment and an increment on top.  That is not what it is.  So that’s the second clarification that we must make this morning.  The third clarification that we need to make is that the prime minister is saying, as it relates to the formula for the salary adjustment, he made it sounds as if though for every dollar increase in revenue collected this year, over the revenue collected last year, that we are going to get fifty cents for every dollar.  That is not the situation.  That is not the formula.  The formula speaks to fifty percent of that increase.”

 

There is more from the B.N.T.U. later in the newscast. 

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