President David Granger on Wednesday announced a “tax-free” increase in salaries and allowances for public servants, following a meeting with representatives of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and three top government ministers.
In an address to the nation, Mr. Granger said the “tax-free” increases retroactive to January 1, 2019 will be:
- 8.5 percent for those earning between GYD$100,000 and under GYD$1 million
- 9 percent for those earning less than GYD$100,000
- those earning the minimum wage of GYD$64,220 will receive, in their December pay cheque GYD$69,336, a sum in excess of their base salaries.
The President also announced that sweeper cleaners will now receive the new minimum salary of GYD$70,000.
He said the minimum salary for public servants will be GYD$70,000, up from GYD$64,220, representing a 9 percent increase for 2019 and an overall 75 percent since his governing APNU+AFC coalition came to power in 2015 when the minimum wage was GYD$35, 540.
President Granger says public servants – including teachers, nurses, doctors, members of the Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force and the security services – will benefit from these permanent salary increases.