KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday October 26, 2015 – The Government will begin retroactive payments to civil servants for the 2015/17 contract period, on October 30.
Minister with responsibility for the Public Service in the Ministry of Finance and Planning Horace Dalley, said the payments will reflect the four per cent equivalent increase on salaries for the first six months, April 1 to September 30.
He further indicated that retroactive payments for October will be made in November, at which time implementation of the four per cent rate will also commence.
In relation to implementation of the new rates for travelling officers, Dalley said this will also commence in November, adding that the Finance Ministry will advise of the timeline for retroactive payments.
The minister was speaking at the Heads of Agreement signing for the Association of Librarians in the Jamaica Library Service (ALJLS), and the Academic Staff Association of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (ASACASE).
He explained that deferment of retroactive salary payments by a week, from the original October 22 timeline, resulted from delays by several ministries, departments and agencies in submitting the requisite audit returns in time to the Ministry.
Dalley assured that the Finance Ministry has the money to make payments on October 30.
The 2015/17 Heads of Agreement, which was signed by the Government and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), sees public sector workers getting a four per cent salary increase in the first year and a further three per cent in the second, in addition to improvements on several fringe benefits.
Only three groups have not yet signed the wage agreement: registered nurses, represented by the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica (NAJ); the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF); and the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA).