NWU calls on public service to withdraw letters

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NWU calls on public service to withdraw letters

PRESS RELEASE – The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to the Ministry of the Public Service in a letter dated September 11, 2014.

The letter conveyed the National Workers Union’s concern over the issuance of letters to cleaners and other employees with Government informing them that they have reached the age of sixty (60) years and are due for retirement.

The NWU further stated that this decision is unconscionable and is an infringement of Article 41 of the industrial agreement between the Government of Saint Lucia and the National Workers Union.

Article 41 of the industrial agreement clearly establishes that “Normal retirement age shall be in accordance with the retirement conditions established by the National Insurance Corporation”.

The retirement age currently being used by the National Insurance Corporation is sixty-four (64) years. That will move to sixty-five (65) years in 2015.

The NWU is also calling for withdrawal of these letters.

 

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  1. The sad thing about this situation is these workers are forced to retire at age 60 and go home. Unfortunately, they also will not become eligible for a pension before they reach the national retirement age of 64, so no monthly income and no retirement cheque. So what and how will these persons eat, support their families from age 60 to 64, when they become eligible for NIC's te-ka-ka-dun? Most importantly we must ask, what are the chances of 60 years old being employed in Saint Lucia?That Labour government is lost and cruel. They changed the retirement age for civil servants in 2003, yet government ministers serve only 2 terms and become eligible for pensions and civil servants who work for 30 plus years must now wait 4 years in the wilderness before they can get a pension from NIC? Yet the increased the number of PSs and government ministries and unnecessary consultants getting grade 19 salaries with no degrees....

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  2. With the economy in dire straights, and increase in taxes and utilities, medical expenses (we still have VAT on medication). Why would anybody in their right mind be ready to retire at 60? Considering that the pensioners were the first set attacked by this administration. Remember the letters to them issued by IRD though the banks about their taxes? I am sure all of you forgot. It just show that the current administration doesn't have a clue to create new jobs. It thinks that it can just push aside a set of seniors to go drink 720 by the market, just to say that it created 30 new jobs. Isn't that pathetic? Sad, Sad, Sad. But then again you got the government you deserve. Next election stay at home and it will be alright in the morning.

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  3. If we weren't DRIVEN TO SUICIDE and CRIME by so many undisputable country-bookies and 100% morons, that ministry would INSTEAD be issuing an entirely letter. This letter would say that government, in light of the financial crisis facing the poor is seeking to introduce legislation to raise the retirement age. It would collect more income tax and have the older generations pass their wisdom to the younger ones in the workplace, islandwide. But no!

    We have a set of insensitive callous slave plantation-minded political overseers who are up to no good.

    They expect to rule the roost in government, whilst these screw-up continue to shaft the most vulnerable in the society.

    This government is the pits. you stink. I have never seen or heard of a labour government so-called, that is this much hell-bent on remaining so IMPLACABLY hostile to workers' interests.

    This so-called party is phony in all respects.

    The entire lot should be retired, instead of allowing them to continue to line their pockets whilst they do their junkets abroad. What a sorry mess Saint Lucians continue to vote for all the time!

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  4. Lucelec workers has the same problem. The constitution said that the retirement age this year is 64 and 65 next year. 65 years will remain as st. Lucia's official retirement age there after. Lucelec still retires their staff at 60. When the government themselves does not observe their own laws, how can they see to it that the public sector follows the law. Maybe someone from the NIC or Labour department can enlighten us. By the way, why none of the unions that represents the lucelec workers are not taking lucelec up on that. NWU you should write a letter to Lucelec also -Aren't you one of those unions.

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  5. This is a classic example of blatant job discrimination. Mandatory retirement should be abolished. Government ought to restructure its entire work regulations rather than pushing efficient workers away.

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  6. How many young ones are willing to do the cleaning jobs, Pride has taken the better of them. I would love to retire at 60 god willing, but our current salary structure and Kenny's vat looks like an impossible mission for now.

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  7. Is the government trying to make space for new employees by treating our seniors with a slap in the face. These persons need a job to keep them occupied instead of being on a sick bed begging for treatment from our health institutions that cannot afford it. Wake up St. Lucians let your view be known.

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    • on the flip side. retirees need to make way for the youth. if we keep them in jobs what will the youth do. so many nurses within the age of retirement are working, retired teachers... there isn't any placement for those that the SALCC is churning out yearly

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      • you are right. but them it inturn goes to the government(let me not use government)-rather our "strategists" to create new forms of employment so the youth get hired into jobs.
        I say this because there arent good incentives for the retired. there are no good plans to take care of or assure health of our retirees.
        If the older workers are assured they will be taken care of they will leave. then again we talking st.lucia here

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