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.
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)
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