Civil Servants Finally Accept 41% Pay Rise

The Apex Council has accepted the 41 per cent salary increase offered by the government on Friday last week. The offer includes allowances, with teachers getting an additional 10 per cent risk allowance.

The latest increment will see the least- paid civil servant earning about $14 500 while the lowest-paid teacher will earn a little over $18 000.

Speaking on Monday after a meeting of the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC), Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander confirmed the deal. She said:

We have agreed to a cost of living adjustment to be paid as follows: an average salary increase of 41 per cent of the total package that is the basic salary, transport and housing allowances plus special civil service allowance. It is going to be effective from November 1, 2020.

We have settled for the offer because we are now getting at the end of the year and Government is also going to be paying us bonuses for two months.

What it means is that if we had refused the offer, civil servants were going to lose bonuses or get paid using calculations of the previous salary structure.

Civil servants had been pushing to be paid according to the value of salaries in October 2018 (US$520) but this was not met.

Alexander said they settled for the increase in good faith hoping that next year would bring better fortunes.

More: The Herald

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