PM Cautions Against Politicizing Salary Negotiations
Friday 2nd March, 2018 – A day after the Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association refused government’s back pay proposal, Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has called out those who he believes are politicizing the process and are making demands that are impractical.
At a meeting on Thursday with civil servants it represents, the ABPSA made known its dissatisfaction with the proposal, describing it as inadequate.
ABPSA President, Joan Peters said employees risk losing several months of monies owed to them if they are to accept the government’s one month salary. The union has indicated they will be seeking three months instead.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne says his government has faced serious financial issues, but has committed nevertheless to making life easier for citizens and residents. He noted that his administration is committed to giving more than a nominal increase in salaries to civil servants and to improve living standards for everyone, but he is cautioning against what he describes as “unreasonable demands.”