The three years worth of outstanding salary increments that the National Democratic Party (NDP) said it will pay to civil servants by mid-March amounts to approximately $9 million, party leader Myron Walwyn has said.
He said those monies are now available for payout based on the more than-$60 million in excess revenue the territory reportedly raked in at the end of 2018.
Walwyn gave those details on Monday in response to the wave of scepticism and criticism that he and the NDP have been receiving since Sunday evening when they first promised to pay all outstanding salary increments by March 15 this year.
“The new NDP government will ensure that the approximately $9 million is available immediately. We have an obligation to do so. Our current fiscal position can allow for the payments,” said Walwyn who also underscored the Caribbean Development Bank’s recent report that the BVI’s GDP grew more than two percent last year.
Increments only for workers who perform well, evaluations nearly complete
Civil servants/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.
Walwyn said performance evaluations of civil servants have been completed for the outstanding years 2016 and 2017 and are nearly complete for 2018.
“The administrative process [for evaluations] is virtually concluded and, as I traverse the territory, our civil servants have asked numerous times about their increments. Armed with this financial information [about the BVI’s current strong economic standing], I see no reason why these increments cannot be paid by March 15 by any government that takes office after February 25 (Election Day).
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