Government, in its presentation of the 2016 Budget this afternoon, said any salary increase for public servants for this year “has to await the conclusion of discussions with the relevant unions”.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan said the Government “understands the disappointment this will create among public servants, but wishes to assure them of our commitment to their welfare and advancement.”
“We ask that they give the collective bargaining process an opportunity to work,” Jordan told the National Assembly during his budget presentation.
With regards to measures to improve workers’ income, the Finance Minister propose to amend the Income Tax Act to increase the income tax threshold to $660,000, from $600,000. With this measure, he said over 68,000 workers will be removed from the income tax roll, in addition to the fact that workers have an additional disposable income annually.