Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert has refused to answer questions surrounding the Chief Personnel’s offer of a 2 percent increase over 8 years to public servants.
During wage negotiations, the CPO offered public servants, fire fighters, police officers, and prisons officers a two percent increase over the years 2014 to 2021.
The offer is 0 percent increase in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, a 1 percent raise for 2018, 0 percent for 2019 and 2020 followed by another 1 percent increase for 2021.
Union leaders have snubbed the offer which they have described as insulting and comedic among other adjectives.
Threats of mass protests as a result of the offer have been suggested.
Union Heads are set to meet with their executive and membership in the coming days to determine a way forward and possibly force the hand of the CPO to increase his offer.
Opposition Senator Wade Mark today pressed the Finance Minister and Acting Prime Minister, Colm Imbert, on the topic.
Senator Mark asked Minister Imbert to justify the Government’s rationale behind the offer.
However Minister Imbert cited possible legal implications as he declined to answer the question
Senator Mark tried again but was met with the same response before being eventually shot down by Senate President Christine Kangaloo.