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Some civil servants still not paid increments despite the many promises

Despite the promises, some civil servants, members of statutory organisations, and retired and resigned civil servants have still not been paid their increments. Photo:
Governor John J Rankin, CMG, right, is the head of the civil service. Left is Acting Governor Petrona N. Davis. Photo: GIS/File
Governor John J Rankin, CMG, right, is the head of the civil service. Left is Acting Governor Petrona N. Davis. Photo: GIS/File
According to the Government of the Virgin Islands, 67 percent of officers were paid their increments between June and July 2023. Photo: GIS
According to the Government of the Virgin Islands, 67 percent of officers were paid their increments between June and July 2023. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The strikes and rumours of strikes have died down; however, our news centre has been advised that some civil servants, members of statutory organisations, and retired and resigned civil servants have still not been paid their increments.

While it must be stated that over 75 percent of officers were paid between June and July 2023 as promised by Governor John J Rankin, CMG, who is the head of the civil service, and his Deputy David D. Archer Jr, all payments have still not been completed and there are still arrears for other years.

Those who were paid were for 2019 and 2020; therefore, payments for 2021 to 2022 remain outstanding. It is unclear the amount of arrears that will be paid for the outstanding years.

Industrial actions?

Many have claimed that the morale of civil servants is at an all-time low. Over the past years, there have been sickouts in public bodies and emergency meetings to prevent strikes over pay. In May and July of this year, the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island had to be closed because of wage issues by firefighters and air traffic controllers.

From 2019 to current, both Ministers of Finance, Andrew A. Fahie and now Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), made clear that they have placed the funding in the national budgets to pay increments to civil servants.

It is believed that many factors contributed to why public servants in Departments and Ministries are still owed their increments. Factors such as performance appraisal forms not being filled out by Supervisors and Department Heads, officers in temporary positions, and promotions of some officers who have reached their pay scale maximum, have been listed as challenges to timely payments.

When will this matter be closed?

It is unclear when the remaining issues will be worked out as, according to promises and updates made by Governor Rankin and Mr Archer a few months ago, all civil servants should have been paid by the end of July 2023.

To date, all civil servants have still not been paid.

Acting Deputy Governor Petrona N. Davies did not respond to our request for comment.

34 Responses to “Some civil servants still not paid increments despite the many promises”

  • Sigh (17/08/2023, 16:11) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can we get and idea of the statutory bodies/Gov employees yet to be paid? Asking for a Gov employee friend. Thanks
    • ?? (18/08/2023, 15:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You have to ask the oversight board in the requisite agency. Central Government is not responsible.
  • Liers (17/08/2023, 16:13) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is so sad that up to this day they have not told the truth. As of August 15th, 58 percent of government workers have been paid. My question is why? What are they not telling us that is causing the delay. Furthermore, every year increments are budgeted. Where did our money go and who is going to be held responsible for this missing money. I am sick and tired of the foolishness. They need to tell the truth. Also, why is it a person has laboured and now they cannot receive their retro for 2020 and 21. Is this fair? Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and others are receiving big salaries but the poor man must be robbed of that which he needs to make ends meet. After all, things are so expensive here. You born here but can't buy land, build house or have nothing to show for your labour because you spend all just barely feeding. But they have the heart to sit in the House of Assembly and make such a decision. A bunch of liars and deceivers. Holy Ghost fire burn them!!!!
    • To Liers (17/08/2023, 18:14) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
      You have some good points but your anger is directed in the wrong place. Holy Ghost fire have to burn the Governor and his gang as it is his responsibility and he continues to fail miserbaly. All of you need to sop giving him a free pass.
      • @To Liers (17/08/2023, 22:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Since persons know who is responsible then why is no one giving the public information so we can find a way to deal with the problem. After all, he is not above the law and we cannot sit and allow the governor to treat us as if we are still in slavery and licking his whip. We have advanced and things must change.
    • Mislead (18/08/2023, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are right to know that something is delayed. Personnel is def. an issue, across the board in Government. You are wrong for assuming increments are budgeted for. MOF Ministers have to budget every year. Only after 2019 elections, did the current government prioritize and approve payments to public officers for the 2016 -2018 increments. Since then, increments have been continuously paid. Furthermore, increments are reward based for GOOD performance. NOT every officer is entitled. MOF minister approves and HR handles payment..... Any delay, will be due to process challenges . No gimmicks, no lie, no deceiving. Relax.
  • My Take (17/08/2023, 16:27) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Governor is a failure. All the subjects under him are failures. What he does well is hide behind the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Governor, and others so they can take the public blame for all the failures and also take the wrath of the public so he can always come out smelling like a rose looking squeaky clean and hailed as the savior.
    • @my take (17/08/2023, 17:16) Like (14) Dislike (16) Reply
      Shut your behind about governor. You all had an opportunity to get rid of VIP but you all put them back. Stop blaming the governor. Blame the premier and all the ministers. But alyo memory short and I will bet alyo will still vote for the set of incompetent and dont care bunch of idiots.
      • To @my take (17/08/2023, 22:43) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        The only idiot is you. There is no one else to blame but the governor as the VIP you hate can only make the needed money available which they did. The administering of the money is part of the responsibility of the governor. Go learn sense so you can speak with sense.
    • Times Hard. Govt broke. (17/08/2023, 17:33) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      Be thankful you all getting a salaary every 15th and 30th. Focus on being good at your job, show up on time and give good honest friendly service.. You will get your increment but give govt a chance to get some money in the treasury..
      • Citizen (18/08/2023, 06:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Can’t take this comment to Rightway or OneMart and get anything. Bring your ear… You know allot of government workers making 600 to 800 dollars every two weeks. Of course they will get upset. But hey, your plate full so let them wait in peace.
    • @my take (17/08/2023, 18:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      WELL SAID!!!
  • facts (17/08/2023, 16:31) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Had the NDP Government put the money for the increments which are long overdue and ensured they were paid then this would not be an issue. Like Fahie or not he did a good job of putting the money to pay most of the outstanding increments and made sure the Governor and his people im the public service did their job and paid the years of outstanding monies to the public officers. The rest should have already been paid as government made the money to so available to the Governor. This has now turn into a crying shame.
    • To facts (17/08/2023, 22:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You really stated the facts. This issue was long outstanding long before the VIP Government took office. The fact is they are the only government giving it the attention and funding required to rectify the long outstanding issue. The Governor has to do his work and stop hiding behind others.
  • street reporter. (17/08/2023, 17:37) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lots of good people need Jobs.. You all have jobs getting paid and worrying about increments.. hmmm.
    • @Street Reporter (17/08/2023, 21:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Though I understand and totally agree with the fact that there are persons not working, we cannot chastise persons asking for their increments because though they have a job they cannot make ends meet. They need the increment to make things a bit better even though it is still not enough, it is something. So please no hating!
      • @@Street Reporter. Need a Job. (18/08/2023, 06:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        If they having their Job and are unhappy and cannot pay their bills, then they are doing something wrong..Ask them to leave and give the Job to those that don't have,. They would be so happy just to get a salary..I am sure they will pay their bills, get a car, get apiece of land build a house from that same small, medium salary with no increment...Use what you earned responsibly and you will get by very well..
  • bow tie (17/08/2023, 17:47) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    So we cannot trust archer he has to go also!
    • facts (18/08/2023, 05:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Been sayn da!
    • Honesty is the best policy (18/08/2023, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The establishment needs to stop picking on Archer. Stop the envy. Does Archer control the public purse? Can he pay out what is not given? Stop telling lies and be truthful. Put the blame squarely where it should be. Horrible!
  • 2023 (17/08/2023, 20:04) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    find money to bring various artists into the territory however can not find the money to the workers| what is wrong with that picture
    • To 2023 (17/08/2023, 22:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your statement is incorrect as the government did find and assign the money, but the governor has failed us once again and not the elected government.
    • Come off that 2023 (17/08/2023, 22:59) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      One thing has nothing to do with the next. The money spent on artists, concerts, festival, etc. has a greater direct and indirect impact on the treasury and economy which will take a lot of burden off the government in terms of jobs, etc. This is because the private sector benefits tremendously. The rental cars, hotels, taxis, ferry boats, private water taxis, commercial airlines, private airlines, vendors, boot owners, restaurants, food vans, advertising agencies, guess houses, Airbnb, bars, beach bars, among so many other private businesses benefit tremendously, and this creates employment. The Government gets their taxes from them indirectly as well as directly make revenue from head tax per person that visits the territory as well as other fees. So, can all who are narrow minded stop speaking out of lack of knowledge about these matters just out of hatred for a government.
  • Outside (18/08/2023, 05:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Hmm (18/08/2023, 05:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can I have mines please,I work hard for it and I want it!!
  • Rock hill (18/08/2023, 06:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let my people go! Free the drew so he can fix the bvi
  • —————————— (18/08/2023, 06:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    As I read the article, I pictured it in my head as we all see this madness everyday where only the elected representatives are held accountable but others, ie the governor and deputy governor are not held accountable. A system like that will soon collapse
  • Asking For Myself (18/08/2023, 06:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a civil servant for 25 years, I’m so sick of this topic !!! Can they get anything right these days?
  • 2023 (18/08/2023, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    bottom line give the people their money. dont beat up on me; go down the Government House and confront the governor or be brave enough to confront whoever holding up the people income

    I had my share of protesting back them, your time is now so try put down the microphones and stand tall in the faces of whatever is disrupting the flow of our country(chat to me when u standup

  • It's My Money (18/08/2023, 12:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    STRIKE !
  • . (18/08/2023, 12:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government salary is small especially for persons not on senior level. A significant amount of civil servants have degrees and making less than $2,000 per month including teachers. Rent is a little less than that. All insurance on properties etc gone up. Food prices is a next thing. What they expect persons to do? They want their lil increment and I can understand that. School soon opening (that's if the teachers don't strike), uniforms etc has to be purchased. Yes, civil servants can work part time but if they are single parents, the children may be left to raise themselves. This will cause them to be put in a vulnerable position or
    become nuisances in our community. Just pay the workers their increment ASAP and raise their pay a bit.
  • lol (18/08/2023, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    After working for the Government for over 28yrs and was forced to retire,yes I say forced to because there is no medical, disiplinary, job performance or criminal case against me, the Government still owes me my 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 increment. This is no lie. They are just avoiding me.
    Don't talk about going to lawyer because those lawyers in the BVIs are jokers.

    Those people in authority just plain WICKED.
  • Watchers (18/08/2023, 21:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a disappointment for the hard worker [ his rhe bvi. No wonder no one came out to vote. Uk needs to take o er in the Interest of fairness.
  • Sam (19/08/2023, 08:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ask the question Why 100 Guyanese have resigned Most of them are blacks and they are being I’ll treated by the government .Villages that are occupied blacks are neglected and lands given to black people after slavery are being taken away . Lorna please go slowly in what you are doing . Read the history

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