Premier Mark Brantley announces 15% salary hike for public servants, pensioners

Premier of Nevis, Minister of Finance and Leader of Concerned Citizens Movement, has announced the decision during his address to the Nation. He stated that the hike in the salaries of the public servants and pensioners across Nevis would come into effect on Tuesday, 17, 2022.

Premier Mark Brantley announces 15% salary hike for public servants, pensioners
Premier Mark Brantley announces 15% salary hike for public servants, pensioners

Nevis: Nevis Island Administration-led Concerned Citizens Movement announced the 15 percent hike in the salaries and pensions for the public servants and pensioners on Monday, May 16, 2022. 

Premier of Nevis, Minister of Finance and Leader of Concerned Citizens Movement, has announced the decision during his address to the Nation. He stated that the hike in the salaries of the public servants and pensioners across Nevis would come into effect on Tuesday, 17, 2022. 

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He further announced that there will also be a further 5 percent increase to the salaries of the public servants and pensioners on January 1, 2023, and it will also do the same for the next year, which means that on January 1, 2024, pensioners and public servants will witness the further increase of 5 percent. 

Premier of Nevis Mark Brantley emphasized, “Our Public servants and pensioners will receive salary ad wage hike of 15 percent over the period 2022-2024, which will help the country to uplift their livelihood with better management and also provide significant financial assistance in the island’s history.”

He further explained that the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration reaffirmed their commitment that would be apportioned over time. 

While condemning PM Harris, Premier Brantley stated that the announcement of PM Harris about the 10 percent increase in salary to the Federal public servants and pensioners and STEP workers to January 1, 2022, was done without any prior discussion with the Nevis Island Administration with the office of the Premier. 

Premier Mark Brantley further stressed that Nevis Island Administration would act in a sensible manner with respect to the salary hike for the people of the island of Nevis. The decision has been taken to feeling its utmost importance because of the severe and negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic situation of Nevis Island. Further, people of the Nevis are still facing inequality in the shares generated through the Citizenship by Investment Programme. 

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Along with the salary increase, Nevis Island Administration has also created a three-person Auxiliary Pension Committee to decide on and finalize a suitable pension policy for the Non-established workers in Nevis. There are more than 1000 non-established workers, and policy will bring relief for them. The plans and policy for the non-established workers will come into effect on the Nevis island on September 1, 2022.

Besides this, the leader of CCM also announced the relief measures for combating increase in the food prices for the people. He said that from Monday, 18, 2022, to August 31, 2022, all Customs Duties on corned beef, pasta, sardines, tea, coffee, bacon, sausages, breakfast meats, cheese, chicken, milk, rice, flour, fruits and meat shall be waived.