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Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021

Gov’t to pay out $4M for 2017 salary increments this year

Gov’t to pay out $4M for 2017 salary increments this year

Three-quarters of the salary increments owed to public servants for the 2017 work-year will be paid by year’s end.
The total amount of monies government owes for that work year is six million dollars.

“Four million dollars is expected to be disbursed in 2021 — inclusive of social contributions — and the balance of approximately two million dollars will be paid in 2022 following the Department of Human Resources’ review and assessment of those officers with payroll anomalies for the 2017 work year,” Cabinet’s post-meeting statement released on Wednesday said.

The Cabinet made this decision during its meeting on September 8.

Public servants were owed their increments for years. But months after getting elected into office back in 2019, the Andrew Fahie administration paid the outstanding increments for the 2016 work year.

The government’s finances were diverted months later with the advent of COVID-19 — forcing the government to suspend further payments.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Andrew Fahie said in August 2020 that COVID-19 impacted government’s coffers to the extent that public officers would now have to choose between getting their salary increments or keeping their jobs.

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