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Pay hike in works

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Pay hike in works

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AFTER TEN LONG YEARS, civil servants in Barbados could finally be in line for a salary increase.

Years of futile negotiations with the previous administration made way for a possible settlement as announced by National Union of Public Workers president Akanni McDowall.

Yesterday, the union’s national council met for almost an hour at its Dalkeith, St Michael headquarters, giving the nod to a proposal from the Ministry of the Civil Service.

But not everyone is in agreement with the decision.

Even as the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is hailing a possible salary increase for civil servants, another trade unionist is decrying the speed with which any agreement may be reached.

NUPW president Akanni McDowall told the media yesterday,  after an hour-long meeting of the National Council at their Dalkeith, St Michael headquarters, a letter had been faxed to the Ministry of the Civil Service after a majority looked “favourably on the proposal sent to us by the Government.

“So it is now up to the Government to determine whether or not they agree with what the union is proposing, but once the Government agrees, It would mean that public servants would be a little happier,” McDowall said. (SAT)

Read the full story in today’s DAILY NATION newspaper on page 3 or read the e-paper online.