Trump stops pay hikes for federal workers in 2019

Trump stops pay hikes for federal workers in 2019

Dec 31, 2018

Abu Dhabi (UAE) Dec 31: US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday freezing federal workers' pay for 2019, following through on the announcement he made earlier this year.
Trump first made the announcement in a letter released by the White House in August to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump cited the need to "maintain efforts to put our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course".
The move prevents federal workers from receiving an automatic across-the-board pay increase of 2.1 per cent and locality pay increases averaging 25.7 per cent under the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act. No president including Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have let the full locality pay increases take effect under the law.
According to a CNN report, the executive order will not affect a 2.6 per cent pay increase for US troops next year that was passed as part of the defense spending bill Trump signed in August. The freeze came in the middle of the government shutting after failing to reach an agreement over funding of the proposed US-Mexico border wall.
The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay.
Source: Khaleej Times