By June 2014, public officers will receive the back pay which was due in February, though Government is hoping to settle by April 2014.
Timothy Antoine, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, met today with a delegation led by the Presidents of the major public sector unions: Public Workers Union, Grenada Union of Teachers and Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union; to update them on the status of the third instalment of retroactive payment which was scheduled to be paid on 28 February.
Mrs. Beryl Isaac, Chairman of the Government Negotiating Team also attended the meeting.
A release from the Ministry of Finance informed the unions that based on current efforts, it hopes to be in a position to make the payment by mid-April 2014. “However, this is not a certainty. The unions were given the assurance that the payment of the third instalment will be made by June 2014,” said the release.
The Unions’ leadership was also told that in light of the delay in the payment of the third instalment, the fourth and final installment scheduled for May 2014 may need to be rescheduled. “The new payment date will be confirmed in due course and in a timely manner,” said the release which claim that both sides agreed to meet monthly to discuss this and other issues of mutual interest.
The Government of Grenada reaffirms its commitment to meet its obligations to public officers, teachers, police officers and prison officers. Furthermore, Government thanks all its employees for their patience and understanding in this very challenging period.