Gov’t set target date to finalise back pay

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Mid-December is the date by which government is hoping to complete the payment of outstanding back pay to all public servants. Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst said yesterday that all the resources were in hand and the cheques are being prepared.
He admitted that while there are some “bottlenecks” the cheques will be disbursed to the relevant ministries as soon as they are ready. “There are about 13,000 cheques which [have] to be prepared. The people  will get the monies owed  to them from 2002,” Hurst said.
Public Servants are owed a total of about $50 million, some received part payment earlier this month, while others are still waiting in line. The retroactive pay is for civil servants who would have worked between January 2003 and December 31, 2017, they will also receive one month’s pay of current gross salary in lieu of outstanding collective agreement contracts for the same period.

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