The Apex Council has finally accepted a cushioning allowance offered by the government after a meeting held on Thursday (today) with government representatives.
Civil servants will receive a one-off $400.00 payment across the board. In a statement, Apex Council said:
Following the meeting held today the 18th of July 2019 between the government and the Apex Council to deliberate on the cushioning allowance, an agreement has been reached.
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The government brought different offers which ranged from 25% of total earnings of all civil servants to 50% of the same which we vehemently rejected as it fell too short to address the incapacitation faced by civil servants.
Through further negotiations and dialogue, we have achieved to make the government pay each and every civil servant the sum of $400.00 as a once-off payment together with the salary of July regardless of one’s grade.
Our call to have the Government’s cushion spread evenly across all civil servants came in the wake that all civil servants suffer the same fate of this hard economic set-up.
Our focus now is on COLA which is supposed to be effected in August. To this end, we hope the dialogue will take cognizance of the PDL and other issues. We have already indicated in our position paper.