SSB Chairman Says Fund Pensioners Come Before Staffers
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: According to 7 News the Social Security Board staff is in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, and they are asking for a package of salary increases and benefits.
But, the Board of Directors was very unresponsive to the initial proposal. In fact, their counter proposal conceded almost nothing.
On Sunday we asked Doug Singh who chairs the board of Social security about it and he explained that the Board’s position is tied to pensions – not for the workers, but for contributors.
He says there has been no increase in pension for contributory pensioners since 2002, even as the staff asks for 16% increase in pension and benefits under their in-house program.
Employees also enjoy substantial benefits and higher salaries than anyone in the Public Service.
As Singh noted there have been no increase in pensions since 2002. The proposed increases in pensions for contributors does not include non-contributory pensioners; there is no increase planned for them.
The current collective bargaining agreement ended at the beginning of 2014.
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