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Premier calls for ‘a little patience’ for payment of outstanding increments

-says Governor Group & HR Department working hard to get payments out
On Wednesday, July 19, 2023, Deputy Governor David D. Archer said 1420 of 2261 eligible public officers had been paid their outstanding performance year increments, with arrears, for 2018 and 2019. Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has called for a little more patience in the issuance of outstanding increment payments to public servants on behalf of the Governor and Government Depart of Human Resources in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has called for a little more patience in the issuance of outstanding increment payments to public servants on behalf of the Governor and Government Depart of Human Resources in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has called for a little more patience in the issuance of outstanding increment payments to public servants on behalf of the Governor and the Department of Human Resources.

“I've listened to the updates from the Deputy Governor, and I know that he's working hard on it and he's trying his best to ensure that increments are paid in a timely fashion,” Premier Wheatley said in a press conference on July 20, 2023.

“I know that persons have needs, they expect their increments, [but] persons should understand that we are committed to ensuring that they get their increments and just to have just a little more patience,” he added.

The Premier said he believes the Deputy Governor has done a good job of keeping the public updated as it pertains to the progress of payment of increments and has even had conversations among ministries and departments that had challenges getting the increments processed.

More patience needed - Premier Wheatley 

“So, I just asked for just a little additional patience on behalf of the Department of Human Resources and the Deputy Governor to get the increments paid,” he reiterated.

The Premier added that it was unfortunate that increments fell behind as far as they did, and that's why his government, as well as the past government, made it a priority to pay increments from as far back as 2016 with the process to 2018 and 2019 payments ongoing now.

“We're going to continue to ensure that we meet our obligations to our public servants who have worked hard and worked through a very difficult period and of course, it's not for me to say but, because it falls under the Governor, Deputy Governor…

“But I know we have to have more conversations about how we hold persons accountable and how we recognise exceptional service and things like cost of living increases over a period of time,” he said.

24 Responses to “Premier calls for ‘a little patience’ for payment of outstanding increments”

  • Natalio (24/07/2023, 09:57) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    I know u getting ur money right so let us vent our fustration ...this was to b paid deadline is deadline
    • @Natslio (24/07/2023, 13:50) Like (3) Dislike (17) Reply
      If increments was based on job performance like it should 've many of us wouldn't be getting such . So please do have some patience.
  • resident (24/07/2023, 10:07) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have a few questions.
    1. Would the government ever pay the arrears for the remaining three years?
    2. When will workers' salaries be moved the three steps up?
    3. When would we hear the final decision with regards to the salary review?
  • Pot empty (24/07/2023, 10:08) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    No more money in da pot, pot empty, money done gone.
  • premier (24/07/2023, 10:14) Like (45) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can we have patience when we have outstanding bills and they ain't having patience on us to disconnect? You had money to galavant FIND MY MONEY I HAVE A FAMILY JUST LIKE YOU!!!!
  • Agreeable One (24/07/2023, 10:57) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unless I have it wrong it seems like the problem is within the same Civil Service. There are persons within the very same civil service with the responsibility to get this matter resolved. Not sure if we can pin this on the back of the elected officials like we so love to do. Having said that let me also say this, no matter how civil servants perform, they will receive their paychecks every two weeks. They do not have to deal with the reality of losing their job. Too many of the persons at the top levels have no clue on how organizations are run and that’s one of the reasons we have this “mess” called a civil service on our hands. From Archer down. Respect to all those who do their best day to day.
  • Patience when you throw away $250,000 (24/07/2023, 11:17) Like (42) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can we have patience when you just throw away $250,000 on a stupid concert. Pay us our increments please and stop talking piss about we must have patience. Fed up with this govt and aint even 6 months since elections. We made a big mistake putting you all in power.
  • Side man (24/07/2023, 11:24) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    The 250k would’ve come in good all now……..
  • Socrates (24/07/2023, 11:29) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    1. If increments were an obligation, why did the Governor’s offices fell so far behind in paying them?
    2. If increments are an obligation, why is the process for funding them so cumbersome in paying them?
    3. Has funding been authorized and appropriated for paying increments?
    4. Was the Governor’s office /HR slow off the mark and ill-prepared in paying increments?
    5. Did the Governor’s office put paying a low priority on paying increment?
    6. Should the payroll system be modernized to facilitate paying step increases, bonuses, COLA adjustments, etc?
    7. Should the increment system be revamped, eg, paid on accrual, ie, paid in real time when earned?
    8. Are all public servants entitled to increments? If so does the automatic entitlement kill the drive to perform at the top level?
    9. Should public pay increases be limited to Cola, performance appraisals ratings, longevity step increases based on performance and behaviour, job reclassifications, accretions of duties, etc?
    • Plato (24/07/2023, 15:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Socrates, you still a useful annoyance as you were on the streets of Athens back in our day. Nothing seems to have change though from then to till now. . Politics is still a cesspool of deceit, plots, vice, treachery, betrayal, lies, chameleon behaviour, etc., as it was back in the day. What is happening today is bad but not new. Socrates, all those sophisticated annoying questions you are asking for a purpose should trigger answers but they will not, for people don’t want to hear it, they want their increments, increments, increments, and could give a rat’s ass about anything else. The great education plan of removing civics from schools is paying huge dividends. The majority of the electorate don’t really understand the intricacies of how government is funded, wrongly believing that government has a money tree out back that it can pick from and believing that government has unlimited resources to do whatever it wants, how it wants, when it wants and where it wants. Furthermore, the government is green, young,?inexperienced, etc, and it lacks of effective financial management skills, understanding, knowledge, experience etc, is evident.,It is not demonstrating effective financial management efficiency, etc,, ie, the $250,000..00 on a non-stop concert. What was the return on the investment? Nada. It would have gotten greater value, greater citizen appreciation, satisfaction, etc by investing the $250K on road maintenance and repair. Hopefully, it can learn from and capitalize on this poor failure and expenditure. Some in government will take issue with the criticism of the spending but no retreat.
  • god is watching (24/07/2023, 11:53) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lies! Lies! and more lies! Bunch ah hypocrites from the top! I don't trust any of them! The whole government needs a cleansing! Too many bad-minded locals keep down their own people. God is watching and he will answer! He will deal with the oppressors!
  • Riley Freeman (24/07/2023, 11:54) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    he said we aint broke he needs to pay what he owes
  • Slowande (24/07/2023, 12:03) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Stop playing with poor people money, Tortola on a Recession Bcuz Govt messed up in many Situations N the Drugs is not Running lik back then, Slowande N Dem Fix This Problem or Reap what you Sew which is Violence,Robberies N Death For this Aug to Come
  • mehn (24/07/2023, 12:22) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Salary Review need happen since yesterday cost of living not matching what salary is..jah
  • stop complaining (24/07/2023, 12:47) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    People you’ll definitely deserve what you’ll are facing. It’s you’ll karma. That bad decision that you made as an individual. This that one when the $hit hit the fans moment if you’ll life. Make better decisions next time and see the difference. Dislike this comment all you want won’t change that fact that you screwed up as an individual. Another 4 year to go.
  • simple solution (24/07/2023, 13:02) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    You want increments paid: Go on strike and see how quick they find ayo money.
  • Relax people relax.. (24/07/2023, 15:29) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    The country broke. Govt can barely meet salary, be thankful you getting salary every 15th and 30th. Half of them don't even put the time and the work in....Greed has taken over this place....Wait, be thankful. Be patient. The good Premier will deliver once the economy picks up.
  • Real Macoy (24/07/2023, 15:30) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    That big show take up most of that money.
    We didn't need that big show with carnival right the corner.
    Waste of money.
  • Honestly Hon. Premier (24/07/2023, 17:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You do not know the struggles. I do not know how well it was supported. But I did not go your free show and I'm owed over 4 increments.

    I could of got 1 or 2 increments out of what you spent on that.

    You can do much better than this.

    Government needs to start holding funds raising events. Whereby all funds collected will go.towards events like such
  • herbs power (24/07/2023, 17:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y'all wanted change and still voted in the Vip so keep quiet and take y'all licks.
  • wake up (24/07/2023, 18:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We saying with the vip so ayo jump high and jump low
  • Gov Employee (24/07/2023, 18:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    But Mr. Premier, patience for what? Before elections you stated the monies was already allocated for our increment. Smh
  • Government (25/07/2023, 15:45) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Premier, How about a 20% increase for all civil servants and retirees retract from January 2023. It's over 25 yrs government workers never had a raised in salary and cost of living is constantly on the raise in the BVI.

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