Describing it as “unconscionable”, Public Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley announced this morning that the policy of newly hired public servants being forced to work for three months before receiving their salaries will now be something of the past.
Sarabo-Halley told reporters that based on her checks and inquiries, there is nothing that could be found that guided the policy and therefore she does not believe it should exist any longer.
“Many public servants have reiterated the issue of having to work for three months before being paid. I have thus far found no rule or policy that substantiates this. I find this practice unconscionable and thus should no longer be a practice in any government agency after the month of July. I am working with my staff to remove this bugbear from those who are desirous of joining the public service”, the Minister announced.
She said going forward, no new public servant will have to work for more than a month without being paid.
The three-month work before pay policy has been around for decades, but the Minister said no one appears to know how and why it was put in place and why it remained there.
Sarabo-Halley said new employees cannot be expected to report for duty daily and then be told they should wait three months for their salaries.
Just last week the Public Service Commission announced more than 500 vacancies in the public service.