September 30, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
The Trinidad and Tobago Government has hinted at the possibility of allowing the salary increase negotiations with public sector wages to go to the Industrial Court.
The Government is insisting that it is not in a position to offer more than the 4% wage increase. In delivering the 57.6 billion dollar budget to Parliament on Tuesday, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said “no responsible government can contemplate bankrupting the entire country simply to appease a portion of the Labour force”.
The public sector unions, including the Public Service Association and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service Association say the chief personnel officer Dr Daryl Din-dial had offered a salary increase of 4% during the latest round of negotiations last month.
The unions had originally rejected an initial 2% offer over an 8 year-period.