Public Servants in Antigua and Barbuda can look forward to increases in the New Year as the Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that negotiations will finally begin.
While presenting the national Budget of 2017 on Friday, he said that although demands on cleaning-up the former government’s (UPP) mess do not allow the Government to immediately address an increase in pay, the Government’s Negotiating Team will be reconstituted in 2017.
“The government negotiating team will be reconstituted within a matter of weeks and with a view of ensuring that we commence negotiations with the various bargaining agents for the various segments of the public service to arrive at a satisfactory and fiscally sustainable way forward so we are determined to address the issue of increases within the public sector,” the PM noted.
He also announced a number of other incentives for public servants to include earmarking a proportion of the houses constructed by the National Housing and Urban Renewal Company for public servants and providing duty-free concessions on building materials for public servants who intend to construct homes or undertake major home renovations.
Prime Minister Browne stated that public servants who acquire homes through National Housing will be given a grant of $10,000 to assist with their equity contribution.
In addition, he said that public servants will be able to capitalize on the waiving of import duty and RRC on the purchase of vehicles.
“An employee incentive programme will be introduced in 2017, to reward high performers in the public sector, as we seek to build a culture of excellence, supported by increased productivity and service quality,” PM Browne said.