Public servants accept gov’t wage increase offer

Letang said  the accepting of the wage offer was in the best interest of public servants
Letang said the accepting of the wage offer was in the best interest of public servants

The union representing the largest body of public servants on the island has accepted the latest government’s wage increase offer of five percent over the last three years.

General secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang, said the offer was accepted after careful analysis and pointed out it is in the best interest of public servants.

The general membership of the union met on Thursday to discuss the matter where the offer was accepted.

“After careful analysis of the situation, we felt that we would accept what was being offered and that is 3, 1 and 1,” Letang said in a live interview with state-owned DBS Radio on Friday morning.

The DPSU and the government have been at odds for months over the the wage increase. The government had initially offered 0, 0, 0 for the time period and it was rejected. Another offer of 1, 0, 0 was also rejected. However, at a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) rally recently Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that the government was in the position to offer 3, 1, 1 due to the intervention of “friendly governments.”

Letang said there were various reasons for accepting the latest offer, including the government’s job classification exercise.

“We are looking at the job classification exercise and one of the things we have realized is out about 350 positions in the public service that were analyzed, more than 200 positions were either downgraded or remained at the same level,” he explained. “So what it means is that people coming into those positions, it is very likely that they will get a reduced salary than what currently exists. Those who are in those positions will not be affected, however if you take a 2 percent salary increase, what it means for those who have not been upgraded, it means that their salary will not be what it is or what it should be as compared to a 5 percent.”

He further explained that those who do not benefit from the classification exercise will at least “have gotten a 5 percent increase on their salary.”

Letang noted that another reason is the fact that within the next six months the DPSU will be engaging government in negotiations again.

“So what it means is that we will have another opportunity, very, very soon, to look at most of the non-salary matters which have been withdrawn,” he stated. “So we will have an opportunity, we will have a chance, to bring that back in the next few months, which is not very, very far away.”

He stated that the union also looked at the 5 percent increase and its “long term effect for public officers.”

“As you are fully aware of, any salary increase would affect your pension and the quantum of gratuity that you would receiving,” Letang said. “So when we looked at this, in comparison to a 2 percent and the immediate implementation of the classification exercise, we thought it was in the best interest of public officers to accept the 3, 1 and 1 and to seek from government a definite time frame within which the classification will be implemented. We believe that this is in the best interest of public officers .”

He said public officers, who attended the meeting in large numbers, understood the situation in full.

“And we have decided to accept the 3, 1 and 1,” Letang said.

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  1. December 22, 2014

    “When I told him I cannot understand how a fool can win a argument. He told me the fool will always win because the fool only understands what developed in their mind only, so what the point of arguing with that fool who does not have the capacity to understand the thoughts, and words of another person.”@Telemaque December 21, 2014

    First of all you and your father or whoever were fools leading fools, that is the you continue to expose your stupidity to the world–you do not know that everyone is sending the Hahahahaha you always write, right back at you.

    And now, since you won’t leave it alone. speaking further futility here, I will take pleasure in completely exposing your twilight zone stupidity to DNO audience–now here I go!

    And so I challenge to tell any of us here–no thanks to those of you who are giving him the thumbs rating rating, you are much, much worse than him. But to us here, who knows mathematics, tell us how did you arrive at 0.017% of $600.00 to equal to $10. 20, when 1% is only $6.00; 0.1% is $0.60?

    But you are the damn fool who cannot answer that question, because 0.017% of $600. 00 is no more than $0 .102; that would mean in words (ten cents) Yes you are saying that the government gave public workers $0.102 wage increase of a $600.00 monthly wage for example; that would only make their raise $600.10–that is your calculation, not mine, through you 0.017% wherever you got this from.

    I tried not to expose you so deeply, but you would not keep your foot in your mouth and leave it there, or acknowledge your error–you are the one who is the great fool of fools–you should know by now not to play around with my wisdom and understanding, because I will always throw your stupidity right back into your face–you leave me with no choice. Now take that one here!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 23, 2014

      You see what I am talking about, if you do not know how I arrived at the ratio I used, why should I even be responding to your rubbish. You never sat in a secondary school one day in your life so I do not expect anything different from you than this nonsense.

      You won again because you are into your own understanding, no matter what I say, no matter if I would take the time to explain to you would not understand because my thoughts, and mathematical skills was not developed in the brain.

      When you were a teacher I was attending Hill Secondary School on the island of Antigua, I was older than Than the late Tim Hector, who taught me for a brief period. It is believed that he was the youngest teacher in the Caribbean at the time, and by the way he was over twelve years old.

      You commenced teaching long before you reached puberty; that is why you are so mathematically smart. I do not have to explain anything to you; I advise you to turn to your Jamaican teachers on the floor above you at 15 Tobemory Drive, and let them teach you some math, just as they taught you medicine oui!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! You are an idiot, forever trying to humiliate me, only destroying yourself in the process; poor you, I feel sorry for you; you are no competion!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  2. Francisco Telemaque
    December 22, 2014

    “Very good observation. Liz. You say “twilight zone”, I say Francisco is as dumb as they come. His reasoning and fuzzy math is pathetic.”

    Dumb as they come, you call me dumb idiot! I have two engineering degrees, among four earned degrees in the filed of science, any time one get into Electrical and Electronic Engineering you need an extensive background in mathematics, and high school, and Elementry math cannot get you there, so you need to have some respect for me because I am sure you are not in my class academically; both of us are allowed the privilege to write on DNO but my academics go beyond DNO you see!

    Stout Man you are an idiot, I don’t know a single person in Dominica working for six hundred dollars per month, neither do I know anybody in Dominica working for a thousand dollars per month. Everything I wrote is based on a assumption, because when we are talking percent, we must base that on some proportional amount, I only used a thousand dollars, and six hundred dollars an reference point.

    That is why if you read me correctly, you may notice at some point I mentioned variables, and approximately, so the crap you are talking means nothing more than crap, I am 100% sure of what I concluded, so wether you and Elizabeth like it or not, there is nothing you two can say to fade me.

    And let me tell you something the type of upper level math I know I can use it to strip your bloody pants off your black behind. As for that sycophant Elizabeth, she does not have any butt you see because her butt is as flat as a cassava bread. you know that thing we call in Bamboolla in Dominica that’s what her behind look like oui!


    That is what both of you get for messing with me eh! I do not know you so all I can say to you where it pertains to me be careful what you say to me unless you know who you are dealing with, as for Elizabeth she has never set foot in a secondary school never mind college nor stand on a university step, do not know you Stout Boy so all I can say to you is:

    Take a hike

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • December 23, 2014

      As for Elizabeth she has never set foot in a secondary school never mind college nor stand on a university –Francisco Telemaque December 22, 2014

      There you go again behaving like a small and extremely stupid little boy, boldly lying your way out to get attention or merits.

      But you have failed miserably, again and you will continue be the great failure–you know damn well that you have spoken deceitfully against me here; you know that I have both high school and college education from Canada; I worked as a teacher in Dominica for 6 years before I lived to migrate to Canada –how can you live with your conscience with all of those lies that you are speaking–both about yourself and other people?

      Nobody said that you knew people who worked for $600.00 a month in Dominica, we all know that was an example. What we know is that you know nothing about mathematics, when you come to the conclusion that 0.017% of $600.00 is ($10. 20), when 1% is only ($6.00) What you claim to be $10.20 is actually $0.102 that would mean $0.10 cents to the nearest whole.

      Man stop the boldface lying about everything and everyone; I have noticed that where you cannot write profanity to justify your stupid ego, you go along with boldface lies, you know that I know you are lying but you are hungry for the attention of the audience, so easily use lying as your defense

      But that mentality of yours is still futility that will come back to haunt you, if that is not already happening to you; for I believe that you have built your existence on lies and willful deceit; your mentality is deplorable!

      How can you talk about attending both university and college, claiming to have degrees when you never attended high school in Dominica, much more for abroad? But I know how! You bought those degrees if at all you have them–everyone who knows you, know that you could never achieve such goal on your own–the joke is on you, and everyone knows it except you!

  3. DT.
    December 21, 2014

    They are lucky they got a raise I live in Canada when I ask for raise there response we should thank God we have a job.

    • Trolol
      December 22, 2014

      Could you please state your salary in EC? I’m pretty sure it’s 3x more than what the average worker is getting here…

  4. Doc. Love
    December 20, 2014

    I have said it on several occasions, Mr. Letang should have entered the priesthood instead of the Union. Mr. Letang is an excellent forgiver or counselor not someone who understands the techniques of negotiating. I understood, the man has been in the union business for approximately thirty years, I believe the time has come for a fresh face, fresh ideas, fresh motivation. The union under his leadership has gone to sleep for a long time.

    • Sout Man
      December 21, 2014

      Does it always have to be confrontation? Who loses when the country shuts down. Opposition politicians like chaos since they benefit from the demise of another but the country loses. Teachers, nurses and other public servants have a vital role to play in our system but they only render services. Farmers and the manufacturing sector bring foreign currency into our treasury. We can probably do more in this country with less public servants. As a former public servant, I can’t believe I’m saying this. Having seen the global trend, this is a real possibility. Those who have a job should thank God.

      That does not exonerate the government for “living high on the hog” while the majority barely make ends meet but my critique will come in due time when appropriate.

  5. Maria
    December 20, 2014

    Anyway pal, some Dominicans are so ungrateful!! Just be thankful you’re getting something geez!!some people in the US haven’t had raises for years.

  6. Help
    December 19, 2014

    Asked the DAT president why she is mixing up the job classification and salaries negotiation together. Was this an attempt to fool teachers in accepting what Skerrit told her to say to teachers? Teachers, teachers you all are not tired off being fooled. Are you all interest been honestly represented by this DAT president? are magwaysa are magwaysa

  7. December 19, 2014

    Well well well, Lennox managing skerrit!!!! The pm dancing to the tune of Lennox Linton, lol Dominica have story. Since 2012 years public servant salary was being negotiated the SAME government gave them 0,0,0, Skerrit never saw it fit to increase public servant salaries for 3 years, He claimed the country did not have money to pay an increase in salary.
    All of a sudden at the request of Lennox in his proposal for election decided if elected into office his government will give public servants 1.5,1.5,3 increase in salary. Whoosh too tosh!!!!! Skerrit checking that is too much votes to lose, was force to find ‘friendly government’ to support themonthly salary budget of public servants. My my my I waiting to see which friend is willing to pay millions of dollars in recurring monthly expenditures !!! Skerro now is time to put your money where your month is!!!

  8. ting
    December 19, 2014

    checking my account and i see 663 dollars. it used to be a little less than 1500. i go to my account to see 663. tears. skeritt you not listening

  9. huh
    December 19, 2014

    skeritt i get 1400 as a qualified teacher. i pay rent, light, internet, cable, water, groceries, school for my four kids, i am expected to help my mom and dad. 1400. i beg for the balance to do the list above.
    i wonder how you would feel getting this salary after earning a degree

  10. Popam
    December 19, 2014

    I Live in a so called ‘influential country/superpower state’ and have not had a pay rise for many years. Maybe I should re-locate?

  11. December 19, 2014

    the civil servants are not worth much, poor service all around. they deserve what they get.

  12. Francisco Telemaque
    December 19, 2014

    “the island has accepted the latest government’s wage increase offer of five percent over the last three years.”

    I know where it pertains to our country, we seem to have a different system in comparison to the rest of the world. I know I am bum most of the time, in that I get to a point where my understanding, and comparison of issues in Dominica becomes nil. This one of the instances.

    This man speaks of a “wage increase offer of five percent over the last three years;” meaning the increase is retroactive to three years assumably. It that is correct that would mean they will receive a very small increase of 0.017 percent per year. If I am correct, assuming that someone makes six ($600.00) hundred dollars per month: That would be $600.00 X 0.017 = 10.20 which simply a matter of ten ($10.20) dollars and twenty cents more per month. By the same token one who makes one ($1,000.00 dollars per month will receive an increase of only $17.00 dollars per month. That to me is an insult to the public servants, and the person who accepts that offer is a very poor negotiate, that person should not be in that position of negotiating.

    Anybody will commonsense would have moved towards a general strike until justice is given to the civil servants, or public servants as they are called in Dominica!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Tickle me
      December 19, 2014

      “Do you want me ?”-last [email protected] . Savarin is all smiles Franco!lol! he must be saying am the King now and back in the 1979 up rising. No one can come close to what I have accomplished.
      like Moses ” So Let it be written so let it be done”- Charles Savarin President of the Commonwealth of Dumbs-in-Cans . Bewtween me and Letang no one comes close or can fit into my shoes. remember 77 then 79? I ran things. I would never accept 3 ,1,& 1 in my time! I’d close down the State. Longtime mess up Dec 08th Elections etc etc. Skrit would be a joke to handle compared to PJ Oliver Seraphin James etc ,etc, etc.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 21, 2014

        My friend I Email you three tomes using the propose address, nothing happened. If you are reading this, last night Ruben and I spoke about you, I told him we are out of touch, and I do know how to get in touch with you. I left my number on DNO many times for you; so far I got no response.

        If you still have Ruben’s number, in New London, call him and tell him how I can contact you, meanwhile here are my number again, all the numbers I am giving to you will forever be the same, to the day I die.

        So you can contact me any time: 323-731-7436, 323-730-8530, or 951-743-4748.


        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 21, 2014

        Anyway, I read you a second time; and enjoyed it better than the fist time. I vividly remember 77, boy I am telling you our people are the dumbest people on the planet.

        You know; to prove how dumb our people are, as simple as what I wrote concerning the 3.1.1 you see Elizabeth jumped on my back talking nonsense when does not even understand what the hell I am talking about, but that’s way our people are, I can only feel sorry for our people, nevertheless, if they do not have any feelings for themselves, why should we care?

        They are contented with Skerrit and his sheared, as long as the handsome boy is their Prime Minister, they could care less about themselves. Well since Skerrit (is me almost Nearly Cousin) I now advise him to brutalize them ride them on their backs into the ground, and say to them that is my thanks to you for being so bumb keeping me in power for so long!


        Let’s hope we can reconnect: Do you want me need to get in touch with also, she has some medical issues would like get your opinion on; note I had to go back the hospital two weeks ago to have them shuck my pump (heart back into rhythm), This is the third time; if it happens again they will have to go through an artery, and find the source of origin, and burn it off; that procedure I need to talk to you about also.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • December 19, 2014

      Telemaque as usual, you do not know the heck what you are talking about.

      The 5% present increase over the last 3 years, mean that this amount is pending, and so, they will receive this payment as a form of back-pay–what was due to them 3 years ago.

      For example, if a person earned $1000.00 per month, when the wage increase was due 3 years ago, the government now owe that person $50.00 a month, that is $600.00 for the year, that would $1800.00 for the last 3 years and then their monthly income would continue from here, at $1050.00 per month until the other wage increase is due–most likely or as usual they don’t receive that increase when it is due, that is the reason the government is always paying out back-pay.

      Don’t try to contend with me, for I worked as a civil servant in Dominica–when they gave us wage increase, it always happened with time left behind.

      Somewhere after 1974–I had already left Dominica–, I know teachers living in Toronto, who received back–pay from the government, because they worked during the time a wage increase was due; I did not qualify because I left before that due increase.

      Those calculations above is yours alone, based on your “twilight zone” whatever you call it –it is unspeakable.

      • December 20, 2014

        Correction: 3% not 5%. This would make it $30.00 increase per month –for $1000.00 wage–for the last 3 years, hence $360.00 per year back pay for the last 3 years would equal to $1080.00–that would be back pay to that or those workers from the government.

      • Sout Man
        December 21, 2014

        Very good observation. Liz. You say “twilight zone”, I say Francisco is as dumb as they come. His reasoning and fuzzy math is pathetic. Not only is the new salary $1030 plus the back pay for 2012 but there is another $10.30 monthly in 2013 because of the 1% of $1030 and another monthly increase of $10.40 for 2014 because of the other 1% of the new salary of $1040.30 making it a new salary of $1050,70 monthly. So the back pay will be (36x $30)+(24x $10.30)+ (12x $10.40). Have at it, Francisco. Do the addition; it’s been set up for you.

      • jokers
        December 21, 2014

        If your salary is $1400 (new entrant’s base salary to the Public Service) then 3% = $42 x 12 months = $504 (back pay for that year)

        2nd year salary is then $1400 + $14 = $1442 therefore 1% = $14.42 x 12 months = $173.04 (back pay for that year)

        3rd year salary is now $1442 + $14.42 = $1456.42 therefore 1% = $14.56 x 12 months = $174.72 (back pay for that year)

        back pay over the 3 year period = $504 + $173.04 + $174.74 = 851.78

        But three years later your salary has only increased by $56.42 per month.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 21, 2014

        Elizabeth you are right, correct in ever language of both words,: who am I to argue with some who taught school in Dominica at the good old ripe age of twelve years old.

        No wonder there are so many of your educated student sitting on their butt, in your village. (I doh can argue with the smartest woman on de planet).

        Got to go to a social right now girl, I do not have the time to argue with you: Remember I told my late father the great, the notorious, Hector I. Telemaque taught me “never argue with a fool, because the fool will win the argument every time” When I told him I cannot understand how a fool can win a argument. He told me the fool will always win because the fool only understands what developed in their mind only, so what the point of arguing with that fool who does not have the capacity to understand the thoughts, and words of another person.

        It is good therapy when some people argue with themselves!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • December 22, 2014

        @South Man December 21, 2014

        Your calculation is the same I as figured it out in my first post, because I used the complete 5% as it is written in the first paragraph of the news article–and actually 3. 1. 1 should add up to 5% over the last three years–however it is calculated. After pending payment is made, the monthly income would continue with that 5% raise.

        What in hells name is that man Telemaque talking about with his 0.017%? And yet he refuse to take heed of the great fool whom he really is, so to fix himself up, at least a little bit

    • The Facts
      December 20, 2014

      You should send some of all that money you have which you brag about to the government to assist to pay them.

    • Bomboclat
      December 21, 2014

      Oh hush there. That’s if you self even getting a thousand dollars a month.

  13. best for country
    December 19, 2014

    that last post should read back pay .. are we getting back pay now or…..

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 21, 2014

      Retroactive means “back pay.” In any event; three years is equivalent to thirty-six (36) months: therefore, the person receiving an increase of only ten ($10.20) dollars, and twenty cents per month; the retroactive amount due is approximately three ($367.20) hundred sixty-seven dollars and twenty cents.

      The person who’s increase is only seventeen ($17.00) dollars, their retroactive pay for the last three years amount to approximately six ($612.00) hundred twelve dollars. We are not talking about any large amount of money here.

      People like to quote the word percent, but how great are the variables; if I had the power to negotiate for an increase in pay for the civil servants of Dominica, and any prime minister came along and offer the working people the baloney as this man has accepted, I would have told Skerrit, he can take his 3.1.1 whatever that is, and tie it around his neck on and a high branch of a tree, and jump!

      Meanwhile I would call on the nation to walk out on a general strike crippling the government until the prime minister, and his cabinet subject themselves to the people wish, of which the alternative would be nothing less than the resignation of the government.

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • December 21, 2014

        That would be $600.00 X 0.017 = 10.20 which simply a matter of ten ($10.20) dollars and twenty cents more per month Telemaque December 19, 2014–again: “The person receiving an increase of only ten ($10.20) dollars” Telemaque December 21. 2014

        And if 10% of $600.00 is $60.00 then 1% is $6.00 how did you arrive at $10.20 for 0.017%, you are still way down from .5% which would only be $3.00; much, much, less 0.017%–you cannot even come up with $1.00 at that calculation much more for $10. 20

        That is the way by which people like you are influencing the young, weak, and disadvantaged people of Dominica to remain in the darkness, because they have chosen to feed on the darkness from the minds of people like you, who are wolves in sheep’s clothing–just look at your thumbs rating above for an opinion which is plagued with useless error–it is apparent that no one can see it, since they are worse than you.

        It is sad that you all are turning around and blaming it on the government, but God remains in control, He will continue to guide those of us who maintain Godly fear before Him, through He has chosen to be His servants in Dominica–we shall not be moved!

  14. best for country
    December 19, 2014

    when will the payments be made? are we getting a back soon or do we have to wait until January salaries are paid? That is all, that is all. no surprises there.
    Hope better offers are made next time. please start at much higher percentages than we want to get so that we can get what we need to get.

    • The Facts
      December 20, 2014

      In this case you would be getting a higher percentage and salary than employees in progressive countries, considering some of that money is from their taxed salaries.

  15. cassie
    December 19, 2014

    for what years again. Mi want it knoe (internet child)

  16. good opposition
    December 19, 2014

    that is a result of good opposition

  17. Worried Dominican
    December 19, 2014

    Well, I ‘say that since the election has been ‘won’ and gone, might as well accept the offer now!!!! Let’s see now if the government will be able to hold its end of the bargain!! We might end up with a situation where increases come and disappear and come again……….let’s hope not!!! Good luck guys!!!

  18. UK Dominican
    December 19, 2014

    Just take the pay rise .My pay has been frozen since 5 years and I live in the UK imagine the price of food is sky high but wages remain the same. You are lucky you are in the warmth.

    • whoistoblame
      December 19, 2014

      You probably reach your max

    • The Facts
      December 20, 2014

      Same in Canada and the US. They are so lucky all-round.

    • Boo
      December 21, 2014

      Dont talk for us

  19. Just me
    December 19, 2014

    They would have gotten more with UWP but that’s none of my business is it. They voted for less instead of more. What a pity. :lol:

    • D/can to de bone(F)
      December 19, 2014

      senceless talk . Give them more

    December 19, 2014


  21. debit
    December 19, 2014

    DPSU and the Gov’t’s Negotiating Team met several times regarding salary increase to Public servants. DPSU rejected Gov’t offer twice. Note well ,negotiation were still going on between the two parties.

    All of a sudden, at a political rally during the recent elections, Skerritt and Skerritt and Skerritt alone proposes 3.1.1 %. Skerritt is not part of the Gov’t Negotiating Team,, So he by-passed the Team, ridiculed them and unilaterally made his announcement.

    Public servants responded to Skerritt’s political platform proposal. Accepts with foolish excuses. Certainly Tom-foolrey.

    DPSU, PWA, DAT all will grumble, on the side, forget about the real plight and standard of living of their members and succumb to Skerritt’s machinations and political stunts. Although the middle class is reeling backwards, Public servants bawling, they will say nothing. Hands-out, put in something, anything, but not what is really owed to me.

    Gov’t Ministers took a 52% increase in their salaries. Do not talk of perks, when travelling, plus the monthly thousand for their health expenses. Many Public Servants watched, heard, said nothing. They stand there and watch a few Public Officials/Ministers become dirt rich in quick time, not compatible with their monthly salaries, while they continue to bawl about high cost of living, and less spending money in their hands.

    The 3.1.1. little two pence increase have long been consumed.back to square one. The few cabalist will continue to laugh at you all the way to the bank. Just check how many of our Public Servants, well-trained people, who have bowed to and embracing the illegalities and corrupt practices., untruths, cheating, stealing. Fear pervades many. They care about the ruler’s welfare much more than their own. The ruler has cast his spell and rules as he wants.

  22. Pork intone
    December 19, 2014

    So we getting it in our December salary? That’s all I wanna know we

    • politbureau
      December 20, 2014

      too late for that. january most likely.

  23. 100% Dominican
    December 19, 2014

    It’s time the job structures, employments status, promotions, job classification etc be revised and standardized to include a reward/incentive program so that citizens can get better service from Civil Servants. Is either they are giving crappy service because they are not paid enough and/or are dissatisfied with the working conditions or they are treated this way because of their poor job attitude and low productivity. This should seriously be looked asap.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 19, 2014

      You know it is dumb people like you who help to destroy the country in a hypothetical way; you are condemning the civil servants who are the backbones of our system, while the politicians get away with murder.

      I do not know what is Skerrit’s salary right now, but there was a time when he paid himself seven ($7,000.00) thousand dollars per. What is an increase by fifty percent. I you calculate $7,000.00 X 50 /100 = $3,500.00 increase per month. If he makes $10,000.00 per month a fifty percent increase would mean five more thousand dollars per month, so his take home pay would be fifteen ($15,000.00) thousand dollars per month.

      Cost of living is the same for everyone in the country, so why should the ratio, or margin, the gap in pay is so wide, and here you come talking crap about the performance of the people who keep the country business in tack, while the government ministers fleece and rip off the people of Dominica.

      Everybody need to live a better life style, how are the civil servants going to accomplish a comfortable life style when they are underpaid and have to live on peanut change? Now wonder there is so much corruption in the country, people are literally forced to steal in order to survive.

      Can you blame them?

      If you are on a job for more than half your natural life; in this case the civil service, and all of a sudden you see someone, a nobody who had nothing gets involved into politics got elected, and in less than one year working as minister accumulated wealth in the millions of dollars, he becomes richer than even the permanent secretary’s who are supposed to be the highest paid civil servants in the country, could not muster such wealth in such a long time; one would realize something is wrong!

      If we pay people halfway decent, they will not be so eager to steal. What is the difference between Skerrit, his ministers, and the poor people of the country, every pays the same price of anything bought on the island, so why the vast difference in salary.

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Tickle me
      December 19, 2014

      well them manhavedem biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggggggggg houses not homes largggggggggggggee cars & trucks SUVs even parking two on their balconies lol!They large and eating steaks for breakfast and all. They get and getting their 500% and cash when they travel and boy are they doing dat! They selling passport at what ever is offered above what is expected to go to Tresuary $100K US /family of 4 and $ US &5K 4 single passports.
      If a billionaire offers $1000000.00 what happens to the difference? LMAO so Skrit et Al you could have give more lol.Some passport agents who are already millionaires havenewyears resolutions to become Billionaires this yr 2015 lol Many are lawyers and transferred DFPites, former UWP turn DLP from being DLP ?DLP before becoming opportunitists .
      You angry at me? you that lawyer reading this post! the truth hurts right? See ur belly growing bigger and I hear the home not good madame left lol These are some of the consequences of greed.It leads to infedlity etc etc .

    • The Facts
      December 20, 2014

      The complaints about government employees all over the world are, they are too laid back. They do not work as hard as other employees in the private sector. They also get more holidays and sick days.

  24. Trevor Fabien
    December 19, 2014

    If the civil servants have not received a pay increase for at least 7 years then surely that 3% would have been significantly reduced when inflation is taken into account.
    I stand corrected on the number of years since the civil servants recieved an increase.

    Point two, the one % would have been swallowed up also by an increase in taxes, for example the taxes which was going to bell levied on anyone coming into the country, just an example, however I’m sure there are more apt examples as it pertains to that. A coconut is now $2, that has increased by at least 100%. I can find a plethora of other commodities which have risen will above what the government has promised not given. I just cannot fathom why a civil servants would settle for such a redundant increase when clearly, the prices of goods and commodities are outstripping any increase by the government by at least 15%. Take a moment and just think of the cost of a single banana or a coconut in 2000.

    Enough said. Bare in mind, I only took into consideration inflation, tax and vat was not even mentioned. Now died this really look like any increase. Actually I would go as far as suggesting that this is merely a process, not an actual increase in income and you most certainly won’t see any change to your disposable income.
    Please feel free to have a pop if you disagree. Thank you

    • Sout Man
      December 21, 2014

      Very good points, Trevor, but I still want “to have a pop”. This union represents service employees and they do not add one penny to the treasury of the Commonwealth of Dominica. The farmers and the manufacturing sector pay their salaries through taxes and the foreign currency earned from our exports. How much disposable income will the farmer earn from the increase especially when civil servants buy more fast food than real food.

      Public servants enjoy a better salary than the private and manufacturing sector. Do we want to have one sector against another? Does it always have to be confrontation? Who loses if the country is shut down? Who pays the price for any further increase? Would you rather have 25% less public servants for a 10% increase for the remaining 75%?

  25. hmmm
    December 19, 2014

    I need it by January 2015. Got a lot of bills to pay

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