The opposition People’s Progressive Party is complaining that its Members of Parliament have been paid increases to their salaries although the party has indicated that its parliamentarians do not want the increases.
In a statement last evening, the party said its parliamentarians were left shocked when they collected their pay slips and saw that the increases, which the party objected to, were contained in the salaries.
“This was done notwithstanding the fact the Leader of the Opposition and indeed, several Members of Parliament of the PPP/C have stated publicly nearly two weeks ago that they will not be accepting this increase in their salaries. In fact, on Monday 19th October, 2015, we issued a statement signaling our unequivocal rejection of these salary increases as well as expressing our intention to lay a motion in the National Assembly seeking to reverse and annul all the salary increases which were the subject of an Order of the Minister of Finance issued under Ministers, Members Of The National Assembly And Special Offices (Emoluments) Act.”
The opposition party said the law requires that the Order for increases must receive the approval of the National Assembly before it can take effect and the party is moving ahead with a motion that is intended to call upon the National Assembly not to approve the increases but to reverse them.
While the PPP objected to the increases, its objection was never officially made to the Parliament office which prepares the salaries or to the Finance Ministry, which makes the payment.
The party has not indicated whether its members intend to return their salaries that contain the increases.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo yesterday defended the increases and declared that the outrage over the increases has run its course.