Public servants will receive their promised five per cent salary increase in August.
This disclosure today from Director of Finance and Economic Affairs Ian Carrington, who explained that paperwork for salaries was completed in advance, therefore the increase could not be added to July’s salary.
“We are readying ourselves to include the five per cent increase on the August wages and salaries of employees in central Government and statutory boards,” Carrington said in a release issued by the Barbados Government Information Service this evening.
He also said Government was hoping to have the back pay, which will be due for the April to July period, paid by September, “so public servants can use that money for back-to-school expenses”.
It was during her June 11 Budget presentation that Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley had promised to honour her party’s election campaign promise of a wage hike for public servants.
She explained that agreement had been reached between the Ministry of the Civil Service and the island’s public service unions for a five per cent, across-the-board increase, applicable for the period April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, which is expected to cost Government $60 million.