Government employees who are still owed their salary increments have been told that this will be rectified no later than February 28. Deputy Governor David Archer, Jr gave that indication in a government-commissioned media release on Thursday.
The release said: “The remaining 10 percent of public officers of the Virgin Islands can expect to receive their 2016 increments by the end of February. A meeting between Deputy Governor, Mr David Archer, Jr and key stakeholders from the Human Resources Department, Treasury Department and Department of Information Technology sought to establish a clear plan for the finalisation of the payment of increments to remaining public officers.”
“The stakeholders noted that despite having to transition from the old JD Edwards System -which had been in place for 25 years to the new system -2,892 or 90 per cent of public officers have still been able to receive their 2016 increment and the balance of 250 officers are those who had status changes, promotions or were awaiting new job letters,” the government media release further said.
In the meantime, the Deputy Governor commended the public officers for their work.
He said: “While there have been some challenges that we have experienced in this process, we are fortunate – all things considered, that we have a chance to perfect the procedure for the processing of 2017 increments.”
HistoryThe history of outstanding increments
In October last year, Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie promised that all remaining public officers would have received their increments by the end of November 2019.
He said he had been advised by the Director of Human Resources that on June 24 2019, the Department of Human Resources provided notice and instructions for the processing of the increments for the 2016 work year.
The Human Resources Department had released the notification for the outstanding payments to be processed a few days after Cabinet approved the payments of the 2016 and 2017 increments.