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Mar 5, 2021

P.S.U. Says Increase Revenue Collection Instead of Cutting Wages

Dean Flowers

According to Flowers, who is also the P.S.U.’s public relations officer, another freeze in increments and benefits would be the fourth.  While the union understands the difficult financial bind that government finds itself in, Flowers maintains that increased revenue collection should be a primary option to realizing the monies that government so desperately needs.

 

Dean Flowers, First Vice President, P.S.U.

“We’re already engaged in an increment freeze and so, in essence, proposal number two would effectively be putting us in four increment freezes.  That would yield twenty million dollars and also I must make mention that the government’s targeted number where the deficit is concerned, where the wage bill is concerned, the targeted number is eighty million dollars.  So from an increment standpoint they are projecting a savings of around twenty million [dollars].  So the proposal where salaries are concerned of course would be tied to the remaining sixty million dollars.  But like I said, we have to carefully look at whether or not that sixty million dollars can and should only come from wages or if it can come from another source, whether it be some other cuts in other areas or as I have been saying repeatedly, identifying a possible increase in revenues where there are leakages because at this point in time of course, it would make absolutely no sense for us to have a discussion surrounding any new taxes as a result of the current pandemic that we’re in.”


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