Thursday 19th April, 2018- The Antigua/Barbuda Public Service Association is expected to meet on Friday to discuss the latest offer in ongoing negotiations over back pay for public sector workers.
So far, the ABPSA has rejected government’s initial offer of one month’s back pay, contending it is inadequate. They instead demanded a three-month payment, half of which they are requesting by the first Monday in May.
However, last weekend, Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced the government is willing to offer employees who qualify for back pay two months of salary tax free, which will erase any obligations thereafter.
The prime minister who is also the country’s Minister of Finance expressed hope that good sense will prevail and that an agreement will be reached.
Mr. Browne said last week they were not in a position to pay employees the three month salary that was being demanded.
He said his government is seeking to resolve a two-decade old issue and the parties involved should all cooperate towards achieving that.