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‘67% of eligible officers have received 2016 increment’- Premier Fahie

- said 2017 payments could be made by middle of December 2019
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has stated more than half of the 2,163 eligible officers have received their 2016 increment payments and all payments for 2016 should be completed by the end of November 2019. Photo: VINO/File
Government has been diligently monitoring the territory’s revenues and, with conditions permitting, may be in the position to pay the 2017 increments as early as the middle of December 2019, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
Government has been diligently monitoring the territory’s revenues and, with conditions permitting, may be in the position to pay the 2017 increments as early as the middle of December 2019, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- More than half of the 2,163 eligible officers have received their 2016 increment payments and all payments for 2016 should be completed by the end of November 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has stated.

In March, Premier Fahie had said since taking office his research had showed that public officers were owed about three years of increments. The Virgin Islands Party (VIP administration then vowed to pay two years of outstanding increments in 2019.

“They already worked for it but it’s just that they haven’t received it because the funding wasn’t there and the will to do it also wasn’t there,” Premier Fahie had said on the radio programme, Honestly Speaking with Claude O. Skelton-Cline, on March 19, 2019.

Approx 67% of public officers received 2016 increments

In a statement during the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on October 17, 2019, Hon Fahie said he was advised there were 2,163 public officers eligible to receive the 2016 increment on 1st July 2019 and as of September 30, 2019, an estimated 67 percent of eligible officers had received the 2016 increment.

“The Department of Human Resources has provided monthly updates on the progress of increment payments and has reported they continue to work towards completion by the end November 2019.”

Premier Fahie added that government has been diligently monitoring the revenues and with conditions permitting, may be in the position to pay the 2017 increments as early as the middle of December 2019.

“…and that is with the conditions permitted if the conditions remain the same of how they are, Mr Speaker, with us taking a very heavy hand on trying to control expenditure, given the challenges, Mr Speaker, with the incorporation of companies in financial services that was known from years before.”

The Premier and Minister of Finance said it was important to speak on the payment of increments for Public Officers because a number of officers are meeting him, asking about their increments, “and I am steadily directing them to the Deputy Governor and Director of Human Resources who I have charged with ensuring that Public Officers who qualify receive their increments. I commend them for their efforts.”

7 Responses to “‘67% of eligible officers have received 2016 increment’- Premier Fahie”

  • Jordana (20/10/2019, 11:13) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Great job Premier on looking out!!..however though I feel that increments should be evaluation-based for all workers, some of these Government workers are too lazy and they waste more time walking the streets and surfing the Internet than working and isn’t worthy of that increment..also some of them are Greatly lacking in Customer Service Skills; they are too rude and disrespectful..but looking at the bigger picture cost of living here is so high, (rent, food, clothing, gas etc).. everything is so expensive, no price control so the yearly increments can help..
    • Really (21/10/2019, 07:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      U started put correct by thank n Fahie then follow through with ur foolish talk. The cost of living is ridiculous in the bvi! How dear u talk so stupidly say n whoever doesnt deserve they increments.
      Whatever skills whoever lack can b taught.
      Ur ending should of started ur statement. Price control is what we need2make a stand4 & the quality of food we're buying.
  • Power Plant (20/10/2019, 12:05) Like (71) Dislike (0) Reply
    Workers at the pockwood pond power plants need a raise, were working next to the incinerator inhaling those bad fumes 24/7 not to mention the fumes of the Diesel engines that we operate, we don’t even get a hazardous pay while working down there, were walking around big fuel tanks and huge oil tanks that can end our lives in less than a second, not to mention the mold in the station is getting workers sick, our lives are at risk and the pay isn’t worth it for the average workers down there please look into it !
  • Jordana (20/10/2019, 14:38) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ power plant.. sorry to hear that you all are going through all of that.. I do agree that when one’s work is hazardous proper compensation should be given.. however if your job is making you sick the money is worth nothing for health is wealth . my advice to you is, put your concerns in writing to your manager (make sure save a copy after you sign it for yourself)..you can verbalize all you want but if it’s not written It was never
    spoken.. black and white (i.e paper) speaks
    volume .. I pray your work conditions improves. Be your own Best advocate! A tip- workers are entitled to work in safe conditions (health and safety Reg.)
  • Street reporter (20/10/2019, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is there a selection process of who get increments and what's the process?


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