Prime Minister Gaston Browne has told public servants that their long-awaited back pay will come before the end of 2018.
The prime minister said the matter will be discussed at Cabinet tomorrow, after adding that the back pay will be settled “before the end of the year.”
“The truth is we don’t have the money yet,” Browne admitted.
“We are now trying to put a mechanism in place to raise the funds so that we can pay before the end of the year,” he added.
According to the prime minister, the cost to the government is estimated to over 40 million dollars.
“Raising 30 or 40 million dollars is not two cents so we need a little time to raise the money.”
The Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association (ABPSA) last month accepted the government’s final offer of two months of tax-free salary for employees.
There are over 10 thousand public servants in Antigua but not all of them will qualify.
The back pay issues dates back to more than a decade ago.
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