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Apr 14, 2020

G.O.B. Proposes Freezing of Annual Salary Increment

Financial Secretary Joseph Waight told President Smith that the government is seeking to identify and implement potential cost savings measures. One of those measures includes the proposed freezing of salary increments for public officers including teachers and members of the security forces. Waight says that the government is also proposing to temporarily discontinue the monthly expense allowance received by Heads of Departments and Senior Public Officers. A reduction in the gratuity payments for all contract officers and a reduction in vacation leave for all contract officers, from thirty to twenty working days, are also being looked at. The Financial Secretary says that if these measures are implemented, government will save an estimated seventeen million dollars.

 

On the Phone: Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary

“It was a positive meeting. I believe that the unions all appreciate the difficult circumstances we are under. They are trying to find other arrangements and hopefully we can put it into effect b the end of this month. But I have to say that it was a very constructing session and I want to thank them publicly for their understanding on the matter. In response to one the question was whether this is the only and final action and sacrifice on the part of the staff and I told them that them that we can’t see the future is promised to no one. We don’t know how long this will last. While we are hoping that things will get better rapidly we just don’t know. At this point in time nobody can make a commitment because the fact of the matter is that no one really knows the severity and the length of the challenge we have in front of us.”


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