Public sector workers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being called upon to up their game in light of the nation’s high wage bill.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, presenting the Estimates in Parliament last week, noted that wages and salaries for central government employees will increase this year by EC$7.3 million, or 2.7 per cent.
Pensions and NIS are up by 6.1 million or 10.5 per cent.
“Notice the increase in one year… It’s a huge increase,” Gonsalves said, adding that wages and salaries in the central government amounts to EC$281.8 million of the EC$912,897,311 Budget to be tabled in Parliament on Feb. 22.
“I want that number to sink in and that’s why I’m asking our public servant and all categories of workers, please, give the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines value for the money what we’re spending. At all levels, in all areas: public servants, police, nurses, doctors teachers, casual workers,” Gonsalves said.
“We know that you do a good job and I want to tell you, but I am asking you, particularly in challenging times, to up your game. It’s a lot of money we are spending: 281.8 million dollars,” he said.