This decision brings to closure a matter which has affected this category of workers in the public school system. Additionally, steps have also been initiated to address other pending anomalies in the salaries being paid to different employees, including some teachers who are affected by inconsistencies in their pay grades depending on the year in which they were appointed. The government has already started working to take stock of this problem with a view to resolving it going forward.
These initiatives all form part of this Government’s ongoing efforts to improve the conditions of employment of public sector workers. In December 2020, central government employees received a one-off grant of $25,000, while in December 2021, they received an across-the-board seven per cent increase. This increase was provided for teachers, members of the disciplined services, constitutional office holders, as well as government pensioners. Additionally, the government restored the one-month tax-free bonus paid to members of the disciplined services, which had been discontinued by the APNU/AFC while it was in office.