Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 14, 2020 (SKNIS)
Chairman of the Skills Empowerment Training Programme (STEP) Regularization and Pensions Reform Committee, Levi Bradshaw, announced a phased approach to the regularization of STEP workers into the public service as Government Auxiliary Workers (GAEs).
“The regularization of the STEP workers would be undertaken on a phased basis commencing with those workers who are assigned to ministries and departments followed by those assigned to the Parks and Beaches. I am pleased to report that the STEP workers would enter the public service as Government Auxiliary Employees with an effective date of employment being the first day of July 2020 as mandated,” said Mr. Bradshaw on the October 13 edition of ‘Leadership Matters’, a virtual forum on ZIZ TV.
Mr. Bradshaw said that there are tremendous benefits that would be accrued to persons who transitioned into the Government service from the STEP Programme.“These persons firstly would be eligible for appointment into the public service under the Government Auxiliary Employment Act and they will also benefit from greater job security and security of tenure consistent with the guidelines, terms and conditions of employment to be established in the Regulations of the GAE Act, 2020,” he said.
The employees would also be eligible for several other benefits including enrollment in the government’s health insurance scheme and in the government’s contributory pension plan, as well as the Long Service Gratuity which is paid to workers who would have demitted office at age 62.  When transitioned into government, the employees would be eligible to receive a lump-sum payment of life insurance which would be paid to their estate or beneficiaries upon their passing.
During the coming weeks, STEP workers will be sensitized on the regularization and transition process of the sector.Mr. Bradshaw, who is also the Accountant General within the Government of St. Kitts