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Bahamas hints it could increase public servants' pay before Christmas

The Government of the Bahamas has hinted at the possibility of paying increased salaries to public servants before the start of the Christmas holidays amid concerns raised by the Bahamas Public Service Union.

Union president Kimsley Ferguson, said the group sent a letter to the Office of the Prime Minister at the start of the month, however, there has been no response to date.

But Public Service Minister Pia Glover-Rolle says the government is aiming to implement the proposed salary increases before the holidays, and that it has submitted a proposal to the Union and is awaiting a response.

The government is reported to be proposing up to five increments in the first year, as a result of the minimum wage increase, to an estimated 2,000 public servants.

However, Ferguson contends that the lower end of the scale is going to be disadvantaged.