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Civil Service Association gives increases a thumbs up

Civil Service Association President John Bothwell is welcoming Government’s move to address pay stagnation. But he says he doesn’t want the goodwill to stop there.
He wants more to be done to raise the standard of living for all civil servants and is pledging to raise the standards of public sector workers, as well.
“We know how much good work we are doing and this is a way to kind of prove it within ourselves,” Mr Bothwell says.

The civil servants association leader likes an upcoming pay raise, more importantly, he’s pleased pay increases are now tied to performance based assessments.

“We are very happy to see the Deputy Governor has now got us on the road to doing that and its going to be a big change within the civil service,” he adds.
This week Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin announced increases for 1500 civil servants locked in stagnant pay for at least three years.
Mr Bothwell says while that addresses one area, it opens up the discussion for more issues to be addressed.

“The whole hiring freezes, the whole lack of movement in the service that whole succession planning is a long simmering one,” Mr Bothwell says.

Next, Mr Bothwell’s team will begin meeting with his members to prepare proposals for government aimed at helping improve overall civil service performance.
And Mr Bothwell is urging all civil servants to take the association’s ongoing survey on what they want addressed on their behalf.
You can find that link when you go to to take the Civil Service Association Survey.

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Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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