St Kitts and Nevis: The government of St Kitts and Nevis announced the restoration of the gratuitous payments of Government Auxiliary Employees (GAEs). Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew shared an update and expressed pleasure.
The gratuitous payments will be provided to the employees who have retired from the service with a minimum of 10 years of service.
On his official Facebook post, PM Terrance Drew shared glimpses and expressed pleasure in the fulfilment of his commitment. He said that one of the fundamental pillars that informed the commitment of his Labour Party Government to implement policies that are geared at advancing the people of this country materialized today.
In 2021 the end-of-tenure gratuity that rewarded the workers for their years of sterling service was discontinued by the former government.
PM Terrance Drew said, “Your government immediately recognized the hardship this presented and has taken the necessary steps to rectify this unjust practice.”
On May 11th, 2023, the Federal Cabinet formalized gratuity payments to Government Auxillary Employees using the long service payment, which awards workers who served a minimum of 10 years.
“We are committed to ensuring that our workers are valued for their contributions and are provided with fair compensation, whether retired or still with us. We all play a vital role in the progression and development of our nation, “said the prime minister.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you the workers of St. Kitts and Nevis. To those of you who are under the banner of GAE, sometimes it gives the impression as though you are second-class workers within the system and I know that some of you feel that as well and so as an administration that promotes the rights of workers in St. Kitts and Nevis since 1932, we are again on the frontline battling for you, battling for your meaningful work conditions to improve your standard of life, your standard of living, and to give you the best opportunity really to live the best life here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Dr Drew said.