“My message to all public officers is this…you will be paid your increase….”

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Grenada teachers demand payment of salary increases

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Apr 1, CMC – The Grenada government says it cannot afford to pay public officers a four percent salary increase that is “rightly due” to them at this time, saying that the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a major effect on the economy of the island.

In a radio and television broadcast on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said it pained him to see that some of the teachers and the leadership of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) felt the “need to engage in protest action in the middle of a global health crisis and during a State of Emergency (SOE) and breaking the laws of the land while doing so.

“Government has repeatedly reaffirmed that the four percent increase is rightly due to public officers, but what we are saying is that we cannot afford to pay now, Mitchell said, noting that his administration had in the past “negotiated in good faith, pushing for a timely agreement with trade unions so that public officers can receive their increases on time and not long after they were due.”

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