The United Workers Party (UWP) has promised salary increase for public servant if it is voted into office.
Describing public servants as invaluable contributors to the country’s development, party leader, Lennox Linton said they will recieve 1.5 percent in the first two years and a three percent increase in the third year of a UWP administration.
“In our first budget we will grant increases to public officers,” Linton said at a presentation at the Arawak House of Culture on Tuesday evening. “We are making provisions for increases as opposed to the zero, zero, zero that the government is offering.”
According to him the UWP is cognizant of the invaluable contribution that the public servants make and the party will devote a negotiating team that will work along with the Unions to “smooth out issues of salary increases and non-salary benefits.”
“This is important in ensuring that there are minimum disruptions to our budget process and the overall sustainability of our fiscal program,” he stated adding that the UWP will “streamline the government’s spending by reducing waste and improving efficiency within government’s operations.”
He pointed out that UWP’s mission is to “develop and grow a model green economy that rewards enterprise, puts our people to work for decent wages, give a fair chance to all and secure our place on the global trade of goods and services.”
“This mission is implicit with the words of our national anthem, Isle of beauty, Isle of splendour, Isle to all so sweet and fair, all must surely gaze in wonder at thy gifts so rich and rare,” he stated.
Linton said said that over the past 14 years the Dominican economy has suffered a “chronic lack of leadership, resulting in low and declining growth rising unemployment and increasing poverty.”