Saturday, December 12, 2009

Public service employees get 6% retroactive pay increase

HEAD of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, issued a short statement yesterday at the Office of the President, where he announced that “Cabinet has decided to grant a 6% across the board increase on wages and salaries for 2009 for eligible public service employees”.

“The 6% across the board increase will be retroactive to January 1, 2009,” Dr. Luncheon further added.

According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), Dr. Luncheon indicated that the payment of the increase was in keeping with the commitment of the PPP/C Administration to the payment of an increase in wages and salaries for public servants despite the global economic and financial crisis that has ravaged the world.

President Bharrat Jagdeo had first indicated that there would be an increase in July of this year and had later confirmed it, stating that it proved that Government had managed the Guyanese economy well in this time of turmoil.

Dr. Luncheon was joined by Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, when he made the statement.

GINA said Dr. Singh was at the time carrying a copy of the financial circular that will instruct the Accounts Departments of all Government agencies to account for the increase.

This follows the 10% increase that was granted to public servants in 2008 which was issued in two parts – a 5% retroactive increase to January 1, 2008 was granted in May 2008 and another 5% increase retroactive to January 1, 2008 was granted in December 2008.


  1. Despite the fact that the global economy is in recession, something that has manifested itself by a reduction in international travel, closure of businesses, loss of jobs and homes, re migration, this Govt has remained steadfast in ts commitment to ensure a decent standard of living for its workers.

  2. Indeed he always sticks to his commitments on behalf of his people. This year has been one of the toughest in a long while not only for Guyana but for other developed and developing countries in the strata on there economic background, but our president still tries his best to see that the people are some what comfortable, people need to look at the little things and start appreciating them because they are country who are far worst off than Guyana.