Government representatives and the civil service Apex Council are set to meet this Sunday following an inconclusive meeting held between the two parties on Friday.
During the meeting on Friday, the government revised its previous salary offer and undertook to pay between $2 200 and $3 500 per month to the least paid employee.
Government wants to offer between 130 per cent to 140 per cent increase and this does not address the workers’ concerns.
Ours is a dispute of right because Government reduced its workers’ salaries unilaterally. Workers do not need a salary increase, all they need is the restoration of the (purchasing) power parity (of their previous salaries).
The gist of the matter is to restore parity back to the US$500 salary for the least-paid worker, in terms of the interbank rate.
The offer they came with, which is of between $2 200 and $3 400, does not address the challenge.
Earlier this year, the government offered its workers a 97 per cent pay hike which was rejected by union leaders.
The unions are insisting on an adjustment that would see the lowest-paid worker taking home the equivalent of US$475 (about $8 075) on the interbank market.