Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com; ads call 1-284-440-6666

'Deputy Gov’s Office holding up increment payments' – Premier Fahie

- Says Gov’t & Cabinet already did part to make funds available
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) along with Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) during a special discussion on tourism on ZBVI 780 AM. Photo: Facebook
According to the Government of the Virgin Islands, the payment of increments to public servants is now in the hands of the Deputy Governor's Office headed by Mr David D. Archer. Photo: Facebook/File
According to the Government of the Virgin Islands, the payment of increments to public servants is now in the hands of the Deputy Governor's Office headed by Mr David D. Archer. Photo: Facebook/File
Further, Hon Andrew A. Fahie implored that the money could not even be budgeted for since the figure due was not known, “So when persons were saying before the elections the increments is ready to go, that’s factually not so,” he said in relation to a National Democratic Party (NDP) promise to make the payments after the February 2019 elections date. Photo: VINO/File
Further, Hon Andrew A. Fahie implored that the money could not even be budgeted for since the figure due was not known, “So when persons were saying before the elections the increments is ready to go, that’s factually not so,” he said in relation to a National Democratic Party (NDP) promise to make the payments after the February 2019 elections date. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says the government has done its part regarding making funds available for the payment of the long overdue increments to civil servants and it is now for the Human Resources (HR) Department of the Deputy Governor’s Office to announce a date and release the funds.

The Premier was at the time speaking during a special live Tourism Update yesterday, June 14, 2019, on ZBVI 780AM, when questioned by moderator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline about when exactly civil servants can expect their payments.  

Payments due since 2016

He said there were no increments given from 2016, even before Hurricane Irma. “We have been the one who are actually working on the increment and we have been in negotiations from the time the budget started. In the budget process they didn’t have a figure for me because there were no monies budgeted for increments, none!” the Premier said.

Further, Hon Fahie implored that the money could not even be budgeted for since the figure due was not known, “So when persons were saying before the elections the increments is ready to go, that’s factually not so,” he said in relation to a National Democratic Party (NDP) promise to make the payments after the February 2019 elections date. 

Hon Fahie revealed that his government had to ask the Human Resources Department at the Deputy Governor’s Office for an estimated figure to put into the budget so that the increments can be paid.

“So we put in close to $4M into the budget, the first option that they brought to us was close to $4M to pay public service increments, we are not the ones in terms of elected officials who do the research [on] what are the increments to give to the public service,” he added.

Gov’t not holding up process - Hon Fahie

He said the Government was given two options, one for partial payment based on the initial estimates, however, another option was provided that accounted for all arrears due, in addition to an incremental salary increase for officers. 

The Leader of Government Business revealed that Government instead went with option two, which had increased by $2M, since according to him, his administration wanted to go the best route.

“So what we told them is we do not want to take the cheapest route, because it’s the most convenient, we want to take the most fairest route to the public service,” one that covered all the back payments he said.

“This government has made the commitment from day one to pay the increments, we could not be the ones holding up the increments,” the Premier lashed out in regarding some criticisms over why his administration is yet to pay the monies owed.

“Now that that is finished, Cabinet has done all it could… the government has nothing more to do. Our hands are now washed like Pontius Pilate, it is in the hands of the Human Resources Department of the Deputy Governor to make sure that the monies get to the public servants,” Hon Fahie said.

11 Responses to “'Deputy Gov’s Office holding up increment payments' – Premier Fahie”

  • one eye (14/06/2019, 16:28) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
    Myrun fooled the civil servants about thier increments, but it did not work!!!!
    • virginislander (14/06/2019, 21:12) Like (28) Dislike (6) Reply
      NO MYRUN DID NOT FOOL US INFACT WE FOOLED HIM CHECK THE VOTES HE GOT.... HE DONE POLITICALLY THANK YOU ANDREW FOR EXPOSING ALL THE LIES HE TRIED TO TELL MYRUN YOU MAKE A HOG STOMACH SICK YOU AND YOUR CLASSLESS UNEDUCATED CROONIES
    • hog city (14/06/2019, 21:36) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
      That’s why he gone from his seat to the street of Sea Cows Bay
  • ccc (14/06/2019, 17:51) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give the people their money
  • civil servant (14/06/2019, 21:08) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Bow tie man please lose the money
  • TurtleDove (15/06/2019, 08:32) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thanks to Uncle Fahie and the VIP FOR putting the money there while others were into empty promises
  • Charley Rose (15/06/2019, 10:31) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is the best person for the post of Premier. Myron was fooling the people that is why the VOTE HIM OUT. Hon. Premier I do hope that you will continue to inform the people of what is happening in the country so that it will clear any doubts that they will have in their minds.
  • Quiet Warrior (15/06/2019, 10:40) Like (8) Dislike (18) Reply
    Why every statement by the Premier it seems is preface by who is not doing something or who didn’t do something, ie, NDP, DG........etc.? Stop it. You were elected to lead so lead. You campaign that you could fix thins and right the wrongs. Campaigning in opposition is different from governing. As the late NY Governor Mario Cuomo said, you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Anyway, enough already. Just govern.
    • wize up (15/06/2019, 13:23) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Quite Warrior: I can be called political grandstanding: that will not change anytime soon: NDP could not get it done and we(VIP) getting it done..political campaigns is a continuous thing in our country: listen to house of assembly on any given day: if government changes 2023 one might hear VIP did not get it done and we(PVIM) moving the country forward..
  • wize up (15/06/2019, 11:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    quick fix: simply tell the deputy governor’s office the money will be used for the pier park!!!!


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.