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Public servants in St Kitts get wage increases

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Public servants in St Kitts get wage increases

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – The St Kitts-Nevis government yesterday presented an EC$731.7 million budget, restoring also public servants increments in January 2014 and a 10 per cent increase in salary and wages over the next three years.
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr Denzil Douglas said that a four per cent wage increase will take immediate effect in January next year followed by three per cent increases in 2015 and 2016.
“Similar adjustments will be made to the pension payments of retired civil servants,” Prime Minister Douglas said, noting that over the last three years, public servants had made much sacrifices while bonding with the government in order to pursue the fiscal consolidation agenda. 
“Mr Speaker, I am referring to the courageous and bold partnership we formed as employee and employer to make a success story of our expenditure control measures.  
“I am sure you can remember growing up that older people used to say that ‘ungratefulness is worse than witchcraft’. This government will never practice ungratefulness and that is why we were able to negotiate and secure the necessary resources to pay a bonus in celebration of our 30th anniversary of independence,” he told Parliament.
Douglas said that recurrent revenue was estimated at EC$663.6 million and would comprise of EC$334.9 million in tax revenue and EC$328.7 million in non-tax revenue. 
He said recurrent expenditure, a 4.3 per cent in excess of the budget, was estimated at approximately EC$427 million.