Prime Minister Keith Mitchell announced at a rally on Sunday that “the government” will be paying out EC$8m in backpay to public workers, including teachers and police officers. This backpay disbursement is supposed to occur on Wednesday June 18.
The current government has been battling with the teachers’ and nurses’ unions for years about backpay and retroactive salary increases. Now, 3 weeks before the national election, $8m has suddenly materialised in our Treasury? Really??