PM Confirms Pay Increase for Public Servants

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has confirmed that Public Servants will get a salary increase this year.

The Prime Minister made the announcement, as he delivered his Annual Independence Anniversary Address during the Military Parade at the Victoria Park yesterday.

Dr. Gonsalves said, after consultation with the Public Sector Trade Unions, the Government has decided to grant an increase in salaries and wages for all categories of workers in the Public Service: Pensionable and Non-Pensionable, for the year 2015, retroactive to January 2015.

The Prime Minister also announced that additional Senior Graduate Teaching Posts will be created in 2016, to take the number from 65 to about 100. He also announced a 25-dollar increase in Public Assistance and a likely increase in minimum pensions and other benefits.

Dr. Gonsalves also disclosed that the Government recently established the statutory mechanisms to review minimum wages for all categories of workers.

He said Cabinet is expected to receive the recommendations in the New Year and there is likely to be an increase in minimum wages for workers.