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May 4, 2021

A.P.S.S.M. Cautious About Calling for End to Ministerial Allowances

Sharon Frazer

While songs of solidarity are being sung among union executives, there is a divide on one issue.  Among the list of eleven demands that the joint unions are putting forward is that all minister’s allowances be eliminated.  Well, President of the A.P.S.S.M. says that her membership has been cautious about going after allowances because public service senior managers are also among those public officers receiving allowances.  President Frazer argues that these are important in the line of duty.


Sharon Frazer, President, A.P.S.S.M.

“My position is, in relation to that, and the Joint Unions would have known from the beginning what is my position, that in fact we were overly cautious about going after allowance. Because it is not only senior managers that get allowance. You have public officers as well who are getting allowances depending on what officers they are working in. And if you start to go after allowances you are talking about people who would have given up, in my case, a lot of HODs are talking about thirty years of service who would have worked towards getting those allowance. Compare to ministers who come in and the least they would serve is a five-year term and they would end up with all these allowances it would that it would have taken us years to get to. In addition to that, some of the allowances we get is to assist us in doing our job and serving the public. So, if you have a public officer who is getting a commuting allowance for example, that is to ensure the officer is able to get from wherever he or she is, to work to serve the public.  I have to say that while my colleagues at the joint tables are asking for the removal of all allowances for ministers, that was not necessarily my position.”

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