‘Gov’t Can Afford It!’ – WIGUT Study

A study commissioned by the West Indies Group of University Teachers, WIGUT, the union that represents staff at the UWI, says the government can afford to give all public sector workers a 15-percent salary increase in year one of their new contract and another 15-percent in year two.

Government and public sector unions are in wage negotiations for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

But based on the WIGUT commissioned study to explore what salary increases the government could afford to pay Public Sector employees, there’s proof can grant an increase without affecting the current IMF agreement.

That’s according to WIGUT’s lead negotiator, Professor Hubert Devonish.

But where will the money come?

WIGUT says careful analysis of the Public Sector Wage allocation for the 2015/2016 budget shows that funds are available for the increases.

Professor Devonish says even with a 1-and-a-half-percent attrition rate in the public sector, the 15-percent-increase is possible.

Meanwhile Professor Devonish says WIGUT will be sending the report to other public sector trade unions, so they can use the data in their talks with the government.

Professor Devonish says the government must now respond to the report when its presented to the unions.