Public officers receive salary cuts; Government hires more workers


On Monday March 29th 5 new immigration officers reported to duty in Belmopan. Over the past few days the 5 new officers have begun to be trained and are being assimilated into the public service. Ordinarily, such an exercise would be just a run of the mill operation for the Government, but these hires have sparked much concern within the public service. That is because the administration is currently in the process of cutting the salaries of public officers.
The officers we understand are from the northern part of the country, specifically the Orange Walk District, some from the Orange Walk Central Constituency, the Prime Minister’s division.
The new hirings come smack in the middle of the Government cutting the salaries of public officers in an effort to keep the wage bill down. This is contrary to the overall goal of saving some 80 million dollars a year.