With the recent decision to raise the salaries of the workers at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, the public officers and teachers were also awarded an eight percent raise in June 2015 earlier this year that was retroactive to April 1, 2015. Prime Minister spoke of these increases in wages and announced that public officers can expect a repeat come the next fiscal year.
“I want at once to express my great satisfaction at the record salary increases that, for the second year in a row, we have been able to give to our civil servants, to our teachers and nurses and doctors and soldiers and policemen and all public officers. Because we expect continued economic and revenue growth, next year should see a third salary raise for Government workers and this is really quite extraordinary. They are the largest individual sector workforce and the multiplier effect of these big boosts in their disposable income cannot be stressed enough.”
Prime Minister Barrow added that his administration is all for helping the poor and expanding the middle class and this, he says, is evidenced by the formation of the National Bank that offers facilities at low interest rates.
“This administration has always been focused on two things: bootstrapping the poor and expanding the middle class. It is with pride, then, that we point to the social protection and job-creation efforts, especially in construction, we have chartered for those at the margins and the growing of the public service middle class by the reclassification of administrative grades and the net rise of pay scales. In both cases, our National Bank has completed the equation by providing hitherto undreamed of access to affordable, indeed cheap, credit.”