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23% raise

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

23% raise

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PUBLIC WORKERS BELIEVE Government owes them at least $180 million in salary increases to compensate for almost six years without a pay adjustment.

This was revealed yesterday by general treasurer of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Asokore Beckles, who told the DAILY NATION the 23 per cent increase the union was seeking was equivalent to $180 million added to the state’s $759 million annual wages bill. This did not include statutory boards’ wages and salaries.

Following a meeting called yesterday for public officers, which attracted about 250 at NUPW headquarters, acting general secretary Delcia Burke explained that the union had requested a total 23 per cent salary increase from 2010 to 2015 from Government.

“The last increase would’ve been in 2010 March. We’re asking for an increase of 18 per cent from 2010 to 2013 and a further five per cent from 2014 to 2015,” Burke told the media following yesterday’s meeting.  (AD)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.