Friday 25 May, 2018

Duke: Public servants yet to receive October salaries

There are reports that a number of public servants across several ministries are yet to be paid their salaries for the month of October.

Public Services Association President Watson Duke is calling on the relevant authorities to address the matter with a sense of urgency.

“Today the workers are quite furious, they have not received their pay on time. Therefore, it means that their bills will be paid late. I am therefore calling on the Ministry of Health, also I am calling on the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of National Security and other appropriate ministries to ensure that workers are paid in compliance with the Civil Services Act (Section 39) which states that workers should be paid no later than the second to last working day of every month. That day ends today. The money should have been in their banks since eight o’clock this morning or should have been in the bank last week. We are not in a position to take that.”

Duke said the delay in payment of salaries was unacceptable.

“Do not think for a second that these scaring tactics will force us into believing that things are really hard and that our jobs are under threat. There is money as there is work, pay us to do the work.”

Government responds

The Finance Ministry in a brief statement on Monday afternoon said that during the last week, it made available to all ministries the necessary funds to pay salaries for the month of October 2017.

However, it said ‘It should be noted that in accordance with Civil Service Regulation 39, salaries shall be paid on the day previous to the last full business day of the month, i.e. on the day before the last working day of the month, which in the case of this month is today, Monday, October 30th, 2017.”

Just last month at a post-budget meeting, Finance Minister Colm Imbert revealed that government made it through 2017 by borrowing billions of dollars from commercial banks to pay public servants.

And, in August, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said government’s hardest task at present was finding money to pay public servants.