8 percent increase for public servants
With three weeks left before elections days and two months before the end of the year, outgoing President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday approved an 8% (eight percent) across the board increase for public servants.
According to a government statement issued yesterday, the payments to the public servants will be retroactive to January 1st, 2011.
“The 8% increase will be payable to all public servants and members of the disciplined services, while teachers will get a 3% across the board increase with effect from January 1st 2011 on top of the 5% percent increase previously paid by government with effect from the same date pursuant to the multiyear agreement concluded between government and the Guyana Teachers Union.”
The President also granted approval for an additional increase of 3% to be paid to employees of the Guyana Sugar Corporation, who were previously paid a 5% increase for 2011.
“This latest decision by the President would bring the total increase paid for 2011 to all these categories of employees to 8 percent. The Government of Guyana has consistently paid increases to public sector employees over recent years, at a time when many other countries in the Caribbean and the rest of the world have imposed wage freezes and cuts in their public sector,” the release said.