PM wants pay increase for government workers

Prime Minister Gaston Browne (file photo).

Prime Minister Gaston Browne is promising that despite a cash strapped treasury, he will position the government to give an increase in salaries and wages to all public servants in 2018.

Speaking on his own Point FM, Browne said it was a part of his Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) platform of empowerment.

“They have not had an increase for a long time. We are an empowering institution and we want to make sure that we increase the living standards of the people; and I must be able to say too that real wages would have increased under the Labour Party,” Browne said.

Meantime, while the government is not in a position to give Christmas bonuses this year, Browne said they will be paying outstanding sums to various public servants.

“Going into Christmas, we have arrears we are going to make a determined effort to reduce those arrears,” the Prime Minister said.

“For example, I am pretty sure that CBH and Solid Waste workers, they will be paid; we will also make sure that we give the Barbuda council some money; the customs officers who are owed their overtime as well, we will pay them; Public Works. We can’t guarantee that we will pay all, but we will make some sizable payments.”

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  1. LMAO, the last I can recall government workers were getting an increase was during the “eve” of an election. I guess we’re gearing up for another indeed

  2. lol u cant even pay but increase. .. @soldiers they don’t value your contributions. …ministers only looking to see who security company they can assist to cream off of the Top ask ms brow. .

  3. Soldiers are not considered public servants, I don’t remember the category they fall under……. The last time any government gave an increase the SOLDIERS never got Jack Squat…….

  4. I hope that the elderly care aids will be getting an increase in pay for real as well. Because we go through alot and and the pay is shitty for our service. At least raise it to six dogs plzz

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