The government said on Wednesday that is has been unable to make as part of its January payroll the one per cent increase for half of 2018 that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves announced on Jan. 11.
A notice from the Accountant General said that due to the time of the announcement of the increase and the scheduled date for the running of the government’s monthly payroll, the Treasury was unable to process the increase in back pay in time for January 2019.
The notice said that the payment of the salary increase and back payment to the public sector workers, including pensioners, parliamentarians, daily paid and minor salaried workers, will be made during February.
Some categories of non-pensionable workers will receive their remuneration with their weekly and fortnightly salary while others will receive it with their monthly February salary, the notice said.
The government, on Jan. 11, agreed with the Commercial, Technical and
Allied Workers Union and the National Workers Movement to a one per cent salary
increase for the second half of 2018.
They also agreed a 1.5 per cent salary hike for 2019 and 2 per cent for 2020.
The executives of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union, the Public Service Union and the Police Welfare Association did not attend the talks.
They decided to stay away after being told on arrival at the Office of the Prime Minster for the meeting that they had to surrender their mobile devices to the police security officer there.
The union leaders said there had never been that requirement in previous years’ meetings with the prime minister.