ABPSA Says No to Back Pay Proposal

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Thursday 1st March, 2018 – The Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association is rejecting government’s offer put forward by the prime minister regarding back pay during his budget presentation.

In January, Prime Minister Gaston Browne cited financial constraints being experienced by the government and the work that will be involved in computing what is owed. As a result, he has proposed that every public servant who was employed with the government on 31st December, 2002 one month basic current salary, free of deductions.

But in a meeting with public servants that it represents, ABPSA says they are dissatisfied with such a proposal.

At the meeting this afternoon at the Multi-Purpose Centre, President of the ABPSA, Joan Peters indicated they are requesting at least three times what is being proposed.

She said employees risk losing too much if they are to accept the government’s one month proposal.

Peters told the meeting that the union is also proposing a 33 and a third increase in salaries for its members going forward.

She said the meeting was convened to get input from civil servants they represent, so that the union can respond to the government.