Bus staff want pro­posal relook

TRANS­PORT BOARD work­ers are frus­trated at not ben­e­fit­ing from a prom­ise made by late Prime Min­is­ter David Thomp­son to put a pen­sion plan in place for the over 600 em­ploy­ees of that statu­tory cor­po­ra­tion.

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In ad­di­tion, a let­ter sent by gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Unity Work­ers Union, Caswell Franklyn, to act­ing hu­man re­sources man­ager at the Trans­port Board, Elaine White, on be­half of su­per­vi­sor at the board, Mar­cia Clarke, some­how got into the hands of the drivers in­di­cat­ing that for­mer em­ploy­ees Messrs Bovell, Sabir and Clarke ben­e­fited from a gra­tu­ity and a re­duced pen­sion on their re­tire­ment.

In the let­ter sent by Franklyn to White, he ac­knowl­edged that the board was not in­cluded in the Statu­tory Boards’ Pen­sions Act Cap 384 nor the Gen­eral Or­ders 1970 (Re­vised1997).

How­ever, Franklyn noted that the Trans­port Board is a statu­tory cor­po­ra­tion es­tab­lished by Sec­tion 3 of the Trans­port Board Act where at Sub-sec­tion 16(3) of the act states: “No pen­sion, gra­tu­ity or other ben­e­fits may be granted to an of­fi­cer or ser­vant or to any other per­son by ref­er­ence to his ser­vice or to de­pen­dents or es­tates of such rea­sons, ex­cept in ac­cor­dance with such con­di­tions as the board, with the ap­proval of the min­is­ter de­ter­mines.”

Franklyn added that his union was aware that the three re­tired per­sons were awarded gra­tu­ities and re­duced pen­sions.

Franklyn said: “It fol­lows there­fore that the board, with the ap­proval of the min­is­ter must have made a de­ter­mi­na­tion with re­spect to the en­ti­tle­ment to gra­tu­ities. Like the rain, gra­tu­ity must fall on the just and the un­just alike. The board can­not legally, morally or eq­ui­tably be se­lec­tive in award­ing pen­sions and gra­tu­ities.”

He fur­ther stated that ac­cord­ing to the cal­cu­la­tion ap­plied in award­ing pen­sion and gra­tu­ities to the per­sons men­tioned above, Clarke is en­ti­tled to re­ceive a gra­tu­ity of $108 825 and a re­duced pen­sion of $2 076.50.

Mean­while, a flier that was cir­cu­lated yes­ter­day

by the strik­ing work­ers charged that since 2008 the Trans­port Board had lost cred­i­bil­ity with the trav­el­ling pub­lic.

The flier fur­ther charged that while the Bar­ba­dos Work­ers’ Union re­ceives $187 000 per an­num in union dues from the over 600 work­ers, they (the work­ers) do not have any job se­cu­rity or re­ceive any ben­e­fits.

The flier sug­gested that the union and man­age­ment should “relook” the gra­tu­ity pro­posal put for­ward by the late prime min­is­ter. (NC)

A GRAPH­ICS DE­SIGNER who Oc­to­ber 28 and 29, 2015, ad­mit­ted run­ning off with and steal­ing three shirts an­other man’s pants and worth $315. cell­phone was jailed for Mag­is­trate Cuffy-sargeant two years yes­ter­day. sen­tenced him to two years on

The sen­tence was handed both charges. They will run down to Ju­nior Win­ston con­cur­rently. De­courcey Clarke by Pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Mag­is­trate Kristie Cameron Gib­bons told the Cuffy-sargeant when he court Agard was sit­ting on re­turned to the District “A” a wall by the YMCA around Mag­is­trates’ Court to learn his 1 a.m. when Clarke fate, hav­ing ear­lier pleaded ap­proached him and en­gaged guilty to sep­a­rate theft and him in con­ver­sa­tion. bur­glary charges. When Agard told him he

Clarke, 50, of 7th Av­enue, wasn’t in­ter­ested, Clarke New Or­leans, The City, who locked him from be­hind was al­ready serv­ing time at and a strug­gle en­sued. HMP Dodds for an­other The com­plainant’s pants of­fence, ad­mit­ted fell off and the cell­phone rob­bing Sa­muel Agard dropped. Clarke ran off of a $300 cell­phone and with both items. pants val­ued $150 In re­la­tion to the bur­glary on Oc­to­ber 22, 2015. charge, Gib­bons said the

The many-time of­fender bou­tique’s owner locked the also pleaded guilty to break­ing store, leav­ing sev­eral clothes into Fash­ion Con­scious on dis­play in the win­dow Bou­tique be­tween on man­nequins.

(GP)

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