Opposition Leader Joe Harmon today accused the PPP Civic Government of sidelining and ignoring the needs of public servants in the national budget.
There has been no formal announcement of planned increases for public servants. Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo claims that the budget contains provisions for salary increases but there was no such announcement during the presentation of the budget last Friday.
At a press conference today, Opposition Leader, Joe Harmon, said that public servants appear not to be finding favour with the government.
“This budget does not cater for an increase of emoluments of public servants and it doesn’t matter what explanation Bharrat Jagdeo seeks to give, they have failed to address that issue like they did in 2020.” Mr. Harmon said.
According to the Opposition Leader, public servants were expecting an announcement of salary increases in the budget. He said the government has ignored the plight of many public servants who have been forced to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
“Public servants are upset.” Mr. Harmon said, before challenging the Government to make an announcement. “Come out and say what you are going to pay-8, 9, 10 12, 15 percent, come out and make an announcement.”
Public servants did not receive increases in salaries last year. However, some categories of public servants were given a one off $25,000 bonus in December.
The Opposition Leader said during the coalition’s tenure in office, public servants were guaranteed salary increases.