ABLP government told to Immediately Pay Back Pay & Offer A Fair Wage Increase

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United Progressive Party leader Harold Lovell wants the ABLP administration to Immediately Pay Government Workers’ Back Pay & Offer A Fair Wage Increase

Lovell said: The government workers have been crying out since 2018 for a salary increase and for back pay, which is due to them.

We challenge the Labour Party government to match the 17% increase given under the UPP administration, during our time in office.

And we roundly condemn the paltry offer of a total of 7% offered by the government to public servants.

This represents a mere 2% on the interim increase of 5%, which was granted in 2018.

We are of the view that a government which has collected the sums collected by this administration, compared to what the United Progressive Party collected, where we were able to grant a total increase over our two terms of 17%…

This administration has placed on the table, for public servants to consider, a total of 7% – 5% which was granted in 2018, and 2%, which they are now offering.

We also call on the Prime Minister to respect the negotiating process. The negotiating team has officially offered 2% on the 5%.

They said it would be 1% for 2019 and 1% for 2020. However, on his radio program, the Prime Minister said that the offer was an additional 4%. This has never been communicated to the unions, at 4%.

However, if that were to be granted and agreed upon, there are public servants who will not get even an extra $100 per month.

In fact, a junior clerk at an additional 4%, they would get about $60 more per month on their salary. A permanent secretary who occupies the highest rung on ladder would get an additional $329 per month on their salary.

We are of the view that our public servants deserve better. And the UPP administration calls on the government to give to the unions a realistic offer that can be seriously discussed.

Given the impact of inflation, the deterioration in their standards of living and quality of life, we see that what has been offered by this administration is certainly not enough.

If as the prime minister states, however, that the salary increase has been delayed due to a protracted negotiating process, we call on the government to immediately pay the back pay, which is due and which is not dependent on the negotiating process.”

 

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Harold they not gonna do it because they do not have the wherewithal nor resources to do it.

    THEY ARE STONE COLD BROKE. THEY HAVE NO COMPETENCE TO RUN A COUNTRY, THEY BANKRUPT ANTIGUA AND CRITICISING UPP CANDIDATES WHEN THEY ARE THE ONES WHO LACK THE COMPETENCE TO RUN A COUNTRY.

    THEY CAN RUN A COUNTRY YES, BUT INTO THE GROUND!

  2. Absolutely, and we’ll highlighted by the Honourable Harold Lovell.

    Gaston Browne’s magic money tree🎄 is currently bearing plenty plenty money 💰 💷 at present. He recently found the missing monetary funds for pensioners, private, and public sector workers. How again!

    All this, because he’s going to call the election after we belly full after the Christmas and New year’s celebrations – the clown-in-chief has no other window of opportunity to do so. Simple really folks!

  3. What is Harold trying here? To make it seem as if the ABLP is listening to him when they do pay and when they don’t, he would look like he is on the workers’ side. Well Harold, that strategy is foolish. You are a spend force and no one even listens to you. Especially not Gaston. He doesn’t even know you exist unless we tell him.

    • @ waist line

      Ok- just pay the dam workers dem increase and back pay. We need it, whether or not he know or listen to Lovell, he making sense. Cannot believe you not standing up for workers.

  4. @sideline, please, for once, contribute something relevant. The pay increase and back pay are way overdue . The man you so loyally defend, even when it makes you sound so ignorant, has done absolutely nothing for this country. Perhaps, in light of the upcoming election, you can encourage this to change the public perception of this failure. His approval ratings here is off the charts low. Your boy is probably the most despised person in Antigua and Barbuda .This does not bode well for ALP in the election.

  5. As much as I would love my back pay I know Mr Lovell is just being a politician (politricktion)

    • @ This world is a messed up place

      Just stop chat CHIT- people warn dem money.

      Anteega harder than rock. Things so bad!!

  6. So do I and I hope a government sort us out asap but I’m jus saying it’s easy to say u woulda this and u woulda that when ur not the one on stage…

  7. Let the clown #HFWL have his last dance. He reminds of Trump and his erratic behaviour after it became apparent he would loose the election. This political idiat’s days are numbered and he knows just that!!!!

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