Wigley George, President of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU), has conveyed his delight regarding the forthcoming budgetary cycle’s 14 percent pay proposal for public servants.
The AT&LU, the longest-standing trade union on the island, predominantly represents non-established workers, forming the largest segment of the public service workforce.
George expressed his anticipation for negotiations in 2021, 2022, and 2023, and his joy upon receiving the government’s decision to allocate a 14 percent raise.
The government’s breakdown includes 5 percent for 2018, 5 percent for 2019, and 4 percent for 2020, benefiting non-established workers significantly.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne unveiled the 14 percent pay hike weeks ago and hinted at potential tax adjustments, possibly involving the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST), to bridge budgetary gaps.
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