Collective bargaining yields salary increases, not national budget

– Public Service Minister

Minister of Public Service, Hon. Sonia Parag has dismissed as baseless the Opposition’s accusations that the Government has no interest in enhancing the livelihoods of Public servants.

The claim was levelled because Budget 2020 included no salary increases for public servants.

“It is an obligation of every Government to take care of its public servants,” Minister Parag told the National Assembly, following the presentation by former Public Service Minister and Opposition parliamentarian Hon. Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.

Giving her maiden speech in support of the $329.5 billion Budget, Minister Parag said an increase in salary for public servants is not included in a Budget since a process of collective bargaining must first be conducted before increases are announced. 

“Let us get our facts straight before we come and criticise something that the majority of the Guyanese see as beneficial to them for the next five years,” Minister Parag said. 

Approximately $2 billion has been allotted for the Public Service Ministry in the 2020 Budget.

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