BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis, Wednesday November 23, 2016 – It’s shaping up to be a jolly good Christmas for civil servants in St Kitts and Nevis.
That’s because Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has promised to pay them double salary this Yuletide season.
He disclosed that an extra month’s salary would be made in December to all civil servants, auxiliary workers, and pensioners on government’s payroll.
The Prime Minister said the payout would benefit not only federal employees and pensioners but also those on the payroll of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).
The public sector is being encouraged to follow in government’s footsteps.
“My government encourages all entities in the public and private sectors to make a very special effort to deliver a gratuitous payment to their employees in December,” Harris said in an address.
He estimated that EC$30 million (US$11.1 million) would be pumped into the economy as a consequence of the bonus.
The announcement followed weeks of prompting by the opposition St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP). However, the party had argued that two government ministers should not benefit from any bonus – Vance Amory and Mark Brantley.
SLP chairman Marcella Liburd said that the two who run the NIA, were receiving monthly double salaries from St Kitts and its sister island Nevis, and should not be afforded any extra bonus if one was given to public officers.