Public Prosecutors Return to Work After Successful Negotiations for Higher Wages
There is semblance of normalcy back in the criminal high court today as the public prosecutors who reportedly fell ill last week have returned to office. At least five of the crown counsels were out, and while they had called in sick, it turned out to have been a form of protest to bring officials to the negotiating table. Those negotiations for higher wages and a personal security detail or allowance were held on Friday in Belmopan with the Attorney General, Anthony Sylvestre Junior and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight. Following that meeting, Sylvestre indicated to the media that an agreement had been reached. While he would not delve into the details of the agreement, Love News learnt that the prosecutors had been granted an increase in salary and a security allowance. Minister of the Public Service, Henry Charles Usher, confirmed the outcome, and spoke on the situation.
Back in July 2023, eleven prosecutors from the DPP’s office had written to the Attorney General expressing dissatisfaction with their pay when compared to foreigners who had recently been contracted to work in the judiciary.