Public Workers in Barbados to Get Pay Increase in August

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday June 29, 2018 – Public servants in Barbados will receive a five per cent salary increase in August.

The increase was announced earlier this month, but Director of Finance and Economic Affairs, Ian Carrington said paperwork for salaries was completed in advance, so the increase could not be added to next month’s salary.

“We are readying ourselves to include the five per cent increase on the August wages and salaries of employees in central Government and statutory boards. We are hoping to have the back pay, which will be due for the April to July period, paid by September, so public servants can use that money for back-to-school expenses,” he said.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley promised the increase in the Mini-Budgetary Proposals and Financial Statement, which was delivered in Parliament on June 11. She said the agreement reached between the Ministry of the Civil Service and the Public Service Unions of Barbados of five per cent, across the board, would become applicable for the period April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019.

Mottley had disclosed that the agreement would cost Government BDS$60 million (US$30 million).

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