The Government Negotiating Team (GNT) has agreed to six of the Trade Union Federation’s (TUF) conditions including tax-free back-pay but has remained resolute on its four-percent wage increase offer, according to reliable sources.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that following a meeting between the two organizations today, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, all unions and associations have agreed to report to their members on the outcome of the discussions.
SNO understands that the GNT has agreed to the pension age issue, land being made available to public servants, reclassification of the general public service, retirement age issue and the agency fee matter.
Although the government has remained at its four-percent wage increase proposal, they have agreed to review the back-pay component from its initial proposal of: 1% – year 1; 1% – year 2 and 2% – year 3 to 1% – year 1; 1.5% – year 2 and 1.5%c- year 3 thereby increasing the back-pay pay out for years one and two, according to the source.
The GNT has also proposed to make the back-pay tax-free.