Today, Monday, May 6 was the date given for the payment of back pay to public workers as negotiated – and the Police Welfare Association (PWA) has welcomed the news.
Its president, Corporal Martin James, said he is satisfied that his actions and that of the executive of the PWA, in steering the membership to accept the government’s four-percent salary increase offer, resulted in a win-situation for officers.
James said he is relieved that the fight for his members is over with just several days away from receiving their promised back pay. The Ministry of the Public Service had informed the union that the payment would be delayed due to accounting issues that needed ironing out.
According to Corporal James, the PWA may not have had the support of the entire membership in its decision to accept the four percent increase with conditions, however all officers will benefit from the settlement, especially with the risk allowance.
The fallout from the protracted negotiations seems to have affected the PWA’s relationship with the Trade Union Federation (TUF).
In response to this, James said the time will come for full disclosure on his part, but for now, he believes in the unified stand the TUF provides workers.