CPO offers PSA 2 per cent increase over 8 years

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The Pub­lic Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) says it has been of­fered a cu­mu­la­tive in­crease of just two per cent for eight years from 2014 to 2021 in its on­go­ing wage ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Chief Per­son­nel Of­fi­cer.

Of the eight years, the PSA has been of­fered ze­ro per cent for six of them.

The PSA said it met with CPO Dr Daryl Din­di­al yes­ter­day and re­ceived his counter-pro­pos­al in re­spect of pub­lic of­fi­cers.

The PSA not­ed that the counter-pro­pos­al sought to cov­er two pe­ri­ods, from Jan­u­ary 1, 2014, to De­cem­ber 31, 2018 and from Jan­u­ary 1, 2019, to De­cem­ber 31, 2021.

The PSA said for the first four years, from 2014 to 2017, they were of­fered ze­ro per cent.

The union was of­fered one per cent for the year 2018, fol­lowed by ze­ro per cent in 2019 and 2020 and one per cent in 2021.

The PSA said the of­fer in­clud­ed Cost of Liv­ing Al­lowances of $240 per month ef­fec­tive Jan­u­ary 1, 2020 and $255 per month ef­fec­tive Jan­u­ary 1, 2021.

«The pro­pos­al in­clud­ed mea­gre ad­just­ments on some al­lowances with ef­fect from De­cem­ber 1st, 2021, such as Up­keep Al­lowance mov­ing from $2,400 to $2,550, which rep­re­sents an in­crease of $150, and Kilo­met­ric Al­lowance mov­ing from $2.35 to $2.45, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of ten cents,» the PSA said.

It added, «The cur­rent pro­pos­al as tabled by the CPO, at first glance, we deem to be al­to­geth­er un­ac­cept­able and rep­re­sents a to­tal dis­re­spect and dis­re­gard for pub­lic of­fi­cers.»

The PSA said it has sched­uled an emer­gency meet­ing with its Gen­er­al Coun­cil and Con­fer­ence for to­day to dis­cuss the CPO’s pro­pos­al.


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