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SSB and CWU Resolve Dispute

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The Christian Workers Union (CWU) has emerged victorious in a dispute that it had with the Social Security Board (SSB). Our source told us that in a meeting held today between CWU representatives and the SSB, it was decided that the calculation used by the CWU to arrive at their salary adjustment was accepted. While the matter has been resolved, the CWU members who are SSB employees say that they are disappointed at the time it took to resolve the matter on a problem, they say, was created by the HR Department of the SSB. Payment is expected to be processed for the next pay period which is at the end of this month. The dispute stemmed from a disagreement in the methodology used to calculate salary adjustments as contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The issue was the retroactivity of the salary adjustment. It was agreed that the employees’ salary would be adjusted with a 1.75% increase effective the 1st of January from 2015 to 2019. Last week, Chairman of the Social Security Board, Doug Singh wrote to our newsroom saying that quote, “The CWU is interpreting the retroactive portion of the increase to be compounding, the Board is not.” End of quote. This caused the dispute, prompting the employees to send a warning to the SSB that they were ready to take action.


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