The Trinidad and Tobago government said on Friday it was seeking to defer payment of billions of dollars in arrears to public servants after accusing the former People’s Partnership government of going on a spending spree prior to the September 7th general election.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert told Parliament that as a result of a serious cash flow problem, the new Keith Rowley administration is “currently reconciling all arrears of salaries, that is, back pay owed to public sector employees and to the protective services.

Imbert told legislators “The arrears to the various arms of the protective services that are payable alone exceed two billion, while arrears owed to the health sector workers is 1.7 billion TT dollars as a result of collective negotiations that were settled just before the election”.

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