Civil servants to meet Monday


Cayman Islands civil servants have scheduled a Monday
afternoon meeting to discuss government plans to cut civil servants’ wages and
pensions, as well as to enforce a 50 per cent payment for health care benefits
starting this month.


The Civil Service Association’s emergency meeting is set for
5.30pm Monday at Mary Miller Hall in George Town. All civil servants are


The government has asked the Civil Service Association for
feedback on its budget cutting plans, to be presented no later than Wednesday.


Association officials said a vote of the membership will be
taken on those proposals at Monday’s meeting.


Proposals to cut civil servants’ pay and implement a 50 per
cent payment for health care premiums were made public last week in Legislative
Assembly by Premier McKeeva Bush.


However, it was not widely known until Friday, when the
details of an internal government memo surfaced, that government also intended to implement a pension “holiday” for
civil servants and slash the non-salary budgets of government departments by a
further 15 per cent.


That memo stated that the budget cuts would need to be put
in place for the March pay period to realise the maximum savings for the current
budget year.