Prime Minister Dean Barrow had asked the major unions – public service, teachers and senior managers – to conclude the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Government that dates back some five years. While it appears they are still holding out, one key aspect of that agreement, the six percent salary adjustment, is now in effect.
“[The adjustment] took place from yesterday. I haven’t seen any salary increase though. I can’t tell you. I believe people got their back pay yesterday. In terms of the teachers, I was told that there are two schools where there have been some problems, not Catholic schools, and that was a bit of a relief because that’s the biggest pool. It’s not the fault of Government, but that’s the only place where there’s going to be a delay.”
The adjustment covers all teachers, public officers and senior personnel of the Government. Additionally, annual increments are now in effect for an additional 2%.