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Guyana public sector workers offered salary increase

Published:Sunday | August 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMCMC

Public sector workers earning less than GUY$99,000 per month have been offered a salary increase of 10 per cent.

However, the offer – made at the end of negotiations between the government and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is yet to be accepted by the union.

In addition, workers earning between GUY$100,000 and GUY$299,000 could see an increase of six per cent, those earning between GUY$300,000 and GUY$499,000 per month could see an increase of five per cent.

Those at the top end of the salary scale are being offered an increase of between one and two per cent.

At the start of negotiations the GPSU was pushing for a 40 per cent increase in salaries for public servants but that was readjusted to 25 per cent as the government’s first offer of just over five per cent for those earning less that GUY$100,000 was rejected.

In a statement late Wednesday, the government also agreed to consider a review of allowances for public servants on conclusion of negotiations for wages and salaries.

The government said its final offer for wages and salaries increase took into consideration the current socio-economic environment, the difficulty in agreeing to increases that would entail having to raise additional revenue and unsustainability in any further addition to its offer with regard to current and future budgets.

The GPSU says a decision on the offer will bemade once a meeting is held with its General Council.