NUPW gets written confirmation of pay offer

Five days after they received a verbal pay offer from Government, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) today received written confirmation from the Ministry of the Civil Service.

However, when contacted today, NUPW President Akanni McDowall said he was not yet in a position to disclose details of the offer as he had not yet discussed the matter with his membership.

“Yes, we have received an offer in writing from the Ministry of the Civil Service and we will be calling a meeting of the membership sometime next week,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that “after that we will be able to fully brief the media and the general public on the offer”.

The Ministry of the Civil Service also remains tightlipped on the offer, which was made when the two sides resumed talks at the ministry last Friday for the first time since August. However, sources familiar with the negotiations have told Barbados TODAY that Government is now willing to offer a coping subsidy in the interim, until the two sides can agree a new pay deal.

The NUPW, which has been demanding a 23 per cent pay hike, has been joined by the Barbados Workers’ Union, which is asking for a 15 per cent increase, as well as the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union and the Barbados Union of Teachers, in requesting a subsidy to help public workers cope with the taxing National Social Responsibility Levy and other measures imposed by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in his May 30 Budget as part of a $542 million austerity package.

However, with Government currently under economic strain and stress, it remains to be seen how much it is offering in terms of the demanded subsidy and if it would be accepted by the unions, which had previously rejected a zero per cent pay offer that was put on the table by the Freundel Stuart administration.

Just yesterday, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, while stating that she was not aware of the amount Government was offering public servants, told Barbados TODAY she was not in the least impressed by the gesture.

In fact, she said it was simply eight months too late, in view of Sinckler’s austerity Budget that has served to increase the hardships of workers.

8 Responses to NUPW gets written confirmation of pay offer

  1. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 21, 2017 at 12:21 am

    You can get written confirmation that i will get 2015 & 2016 income tax refund??? Clearly fumble and them find money somewhere to give a pay raise to a work force that They have been saying to large…..this announcement also suggest that the NCC workers that were sacked toby make room can be rehired

  2. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow December 21, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Still not a cent for xmas

  3. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith December 21, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Still waiting on my tax from 2016 an 2017

    • MARIA Holder December 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Me too

  4. Harry Potter December 21, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Just more stall tactic, public like them ain’t gone get nuttin fuh xmas

  5. Buun December 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    That written paper is probably as worthless as all the budget papers we had to put Barbados back on track. Good luck cashing it!

  6. Observer December 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    The demands of the Unions are ridiculous. Everyone is aware that Barbardos is struggling to meet its financial obligation. A more sensible strategy at this time would be to pursue long-term goals, such as training, improving contract language, pensions, health, and safety issues, Job security, productivity and improving grievance procedure. Just to name a few issues that can be discussed and improve. The government should consider bonuses base on goals met by the employees. This may be a good time to review efficiency and productivity to find out if goals were met and pay a bonus on this basis.

    Should the government pay a wage increase, it certainly would look at ways to recapture this increase by reducing its workforce and introducing new technology to create a more efficient and productive workforce. These issues the should be on the union radar.


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