Senator Roberts pay hike protest dismissed as lacking context and background

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 3:53 PM - George's, Grenada

ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, December 15, 2015 - GIS: The Grenada Government says Senator Rae Roberts’ public criticism of a pay increase for the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary is misleading and lacks context and background..

Leader of government business in the senate Simon Stiell says Senator Roberts is ignoring the fact that previous Prime Minister Tillman Thomas had employed a direct support staff of five persons working for more than half a million dollars.

Compared to current Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell’s one person support team, former Prime Minister Thomas’ team was made-up of a Chief of Staff working for nearly a hundred thousand a year, a Press Secretary for almost 75 thousand, an Aide employed for nearly 90 thousand, a Policy Advisor whose annual salary was more than 155 thousand dollars as well as an Attaché.

“We have support staff… Prime Minister Thomas, five persons, Attaché, Chief of Staff, Aide, Policy Advisor working for 522,000 dollars. Five people,” said Senator Stiell as the 2016 budget debate in the upper house was winding down.

“Prime Minister Mitchell, one person, 60,000 dollars with one thousand dollars per month increase.

Coming into office Prime Minister Mitchell was very conscious of the resources within government, knowing he cannot have a bigger staff …because of the financial constraints”.

Roberts, who represents labour in the upper house, but who reports suggest is earmarked to be an opposition candidate in the next election, is against the 1000 dollar increase for the Press Secretary.

Senator Steill has pointed to an increased workload for the Press Secretary who, he argues, is doing the job of five persons.

“We are into the third year the workload is excessive and she is doing the work of five people, who earned 522,000 dollars a year,” said Senator Steill.

“Senator Roberts, there are more numbers in this book than in the phone book and the only number in the entire book that you can pull out is 1000 dollars per month allocation . Shame on you! Shame on you! Senator Roberts. Shame on you! That is the best that you can do?”




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