St. George’s, Grenada, Wednesday, February 29th, 2017: As promised by the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, in his 2017 Budget Presentation, the one-off payments for Public Officers, in recognition of the sacrifices made during the Homegrown Programme, has begun.
As part of the February 2017 salaries, payments have been made to Public Officers who qualify for the one-off disbursement and whose unions have already completed negotiations with Government. These include Teachers; Gazetted Officers of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF); Officers of the Police Welfare Association; Prison Officers of the Prison Welfare Association; and Officers of Laura Estate and the School Feeding Programme.
These Officers also received salary increases in January 2017 as per the Agreements signed with their unions.
In addition to this payment, Government, in January 2017, kept its promise to clear all outstanding increment payments for the period 2014 to June 2016, on or before February 15th, 2017. The final installment (2015) was made together with the January 2017 salaries. This follows the payment of the 2014 and 2016 (January – June) installments in December 2016.
2017 salaries were also adjusted, for normal increments for 2017, for eligible Public officers who are entitled to this adjustment, in January 2017.
Government will make payments to the remaining Public Officers upon completion of the negotiations with their respective Trade Unions.
Further, it is important to note that upon assuming office in 2013, Government honoured existing commitments for salary increases, for the period 2010 to 2012, in the amount of $40.5 million.
In summary, the total payment by Government to Public Service employees from 2013 and into 2019 is estimated at $106 million dollars, in addition to meeting recurring monthly salaries and wages.
Government remains committed to meeting its obligations to all public officers.