GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 20, 2017 (CMC) – The Guyana government, yesterday, announced a wage and salary increase for public servants for 2017.
According to State Minister, Joseph Harmon, the new offer to public servants will see those earning GUY$90,000, and less, being given an 8 percent increase on their salaries, while those earning between GUY$100,000 and GUY$299,000 will receive an increase of six percent.
He also said that there will be a hike in the minimum wage, from GUY$55,000 to GUY$66,000 per month.
Additionally, workers earning between GUY$300,000 and GUY$499,000 will see an increase of five percent, while those earning between GUY$500,000 and GUY$699,000 will receive an increase of four percent.
The announcement follows a meeting, earlier this week, between union representatives and officials from the Public Service Department.
The government’s lead negotiator, Reginald Brotherson, said the increases, retroactive to January 1, 2017, would cost GUY$$3.5 billion for the estimated 14,000 public servants.
He, however, noted that those earning more than GUY$1 million would not be receiving an increase.
He also said the Guyana Public Service Union did not propose an increase in the negotiations that began last month.
The increases will be paid retroactively to January 2017.