Two of the three years worth of outstanding salary increments owed to public officers will be paid out this year, Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie has said.
Premier Fahie said monies for those first two outstanding years will be made available in the 2019 budget, which must be passed by April 30.
“God sparing life, next year we’ll be able to pay the balance of it,” Fahie said on the Honestly Speaking with Claude Skelton Cline radio programme on Tuesday.
NDP’s promise to pay increments by March 15 irresponsible
Leading up to the recently-concluded general election, the former governing National Democratic Party (NDP) said they would have paid all the
But after doing a preliminary assessment of the territory’s finances since taking up
“First of all, it could not be done during this period because we are running on what you call a temporary budget until the [real] budget is passed. Second of all, it (the increments) wasn’t budgeted for,” Premier Fahie argued.
He also noted that government’s Department of Human Resources was not given instructions on the promised March 15 increment payout which, according to the NDP, amounted to roughly $9 million.
“They (the NDP) could not have given instructions because there wasn’t any money [available],” Fahie said while contradicting the former governing party.
Government workers only qualify for increments — which is typically an increase in an employee’s base salary — if they successfully meet performance objectives that are set between employees and their respective managers yearly.
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