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Government makes one-off payment to public sector workers
The finance ministry says it has delivered on its promise to make a one-off payment of $25,000 to public sector workers.
A statement from the ministry says it has also started payments to workers in the health sector as per the reclassification exercise.
The ministry says under the public sector heads of agreement for 2012 / 2015 signed on March 6, government and its stakeholder unions agreed to a one-off payment of $25,000.
Payment was made today to all employees who are permanent, temporary or on fixed term contracts in central and local government and public bodies, without exception, over the period of the agreement.
Two additional payments of $25,000 will become due in August 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Also, the health sector reclassification exercise which has been on-going for ten years is nearing completion with the payment of the new rates and the retroactive amounts for the period April 1, 2013 to July 1, 2013 taking effect today.
A statement from the finance ministry says the health sector reclassification exercise being implemented at a cost of $7 billion over a three year period, is in keeping with the government’s medium term economic programme. The payments with a pay-out of $2.33 billion each year will end in the 2015/2016 financial year.
Minister with responsibility for the public service Horace Dalley says the reclassification exercise may not be perfect, but it will substantially streamline the occupational groupings in the health sector.
Mr Dalley explains that because of the complexity of the exercise, a reclassification appeals tribunal (CAT) will be formed with representation from various groups within the health sector, including the unions.
The minister says where the budget allows government will try to ease the pressure on public sector workers without jeopardizing its medium term economic programme and by extension the international monetary fund extended fund facility.