T&C civil servants get pay cut

The salaries and wages of all
Government workers in the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as allocations to
statutory boards and other public bodies, will be cut by 10 percent from next

This was announced by Governor
Gordon Wetherell and Chief Executive Mark Capes, who issued separate statements
on Tuesday, 9 March, 2010 saying the decision was taken because government is
effectively broke and is having difficulty securing credit.

“This has not been an easy decision
to take,” the Governor said. “It is cold comfort that other governments
(including Anguilla, Cayman Islands and Greece) have recently taken, or are
considering, similar measures.  But the pressures on our cash flow are
acute.  While I can assure public servants that it is our objective to
restore salaries and wages as soon as a sustainable fiscal position permits, I
hope they will understand that there is no realistic alternative to taking this
action at this time if we are to succeed in restoring public finances to good
health and achieve long term prosperity.”

In a memo to Government
workers, Capes said: “Clearly that is a decision we would wish to have avoided,
especially in the knowledge that some of you are already struggling to meet
your financial commitments, but circumstances are such that we have no other
option apart from introducing immediate redundancies.  As head of the
public service I much regret that Government has had to adopt this course of
action, and that we have had to do so without having had the time available to
discuss the details with you.  Nevertheless, I am sure you will agree that
a cut in pay is preferable to making wide spread redundancies across the whole
public service, which would have been the only alternative.”
Capes said the cuts will take effect, for wage earners on 16 April and, for
salaried staff at the end of the month.