Government has met with members of the Association of Public Senior Service Managers (APSSM) in its series of budget consultation meetings. The discussions ran similar as with the other unions. According to President Sharon Frazer the five hundred dollar deficit and the Wage Bill were two primary issues that came up.
Sharon Frazer, President, Association of Public Service Senior Managers: “The meeting itself with members of APSSM was a very cordial meeting. I’m not going to tell you anything more than what it was not, it was cordial. Representation was made as to what is the financial position of the government at this point in time. It is not that members of APSSM is not aware of the financial strain and in fact the deficit. In fact whenever I speak now I talk about the $500 million dollar deficit that needs to be closed, so I’m putting it in my head and I’m putting it in the heads of the HODs and the deputies and head of sections who I meet with so that they can keep it at the forefront of their mind as well when coming up with suggestions, observations, recommendations. I will tell you that in no point in time any confirmation was given about any salary cut. The only thing that was said as it relates to salary cut was the fact that the ministers have decided to take a 10% pay cut but in terms of the public officers, teachers, no discussion, no commitment, no undertaking, nothing was said in relation to that despite the fact that we asked. I will tell you that we asked so that at least I could have prepared membership of what to expect but the undertaken that was given to us was the fact that the consultation would have continued, they would have gone back to Cabinet, they would have discussed their recommendation and there would have been additional meetings.”
Tune in tomorrow for more on the APSSM’s views on the economic situation.