Grenada public sector workers get salary increase

Monday, June 03, 2013

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – The Grenada government says it has started paying public workers salary increases five years after their last hike in wages.
The Keith Mitchell government, which came to office in February, complaining of a high national debt and urging the population to help turn around a sluggish economy, said that the new salaries went into effect from the end of last month.
It gave no details as to the size of the new salary increases, but said they are consistent with agreements reached with several trade unions, including the Public Workers Union (PWU), the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and the Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) for the period 2009 – 2012.
“The Government and the unions are continuing their discussions about the schedule for the payment of retroactive pay for the same period,” according to the official statement, adding the Police Welfare Association (PWA), which is the bargaining unit for police officers, will be meeting with the Government Negotiating Team (GTN) shortly, to discuss their new salaries.
The statement said that pensioners have also received increases “consistent with the convention to pay them the same increase as public servants”.
Last December, then Opposition Leader Mitchell accused the Tillman Thomas government of selling off state properties and illegally borrowing funds from the National insurance Scheme (NIS) to meet the salaries of public servants.

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