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SSB’s CEO speaks to Love News over resolved dispute

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A dispute between the Christian Workers Union (CWU) and the Social Security Board (SSB) was resolved in favor of the CWU following a meeting yesterday. The dispute was over the interpretation of salary increase/adjustment as contained within the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). It was agreed by both parties that the salaries for each employee will be adjusted by 1.75 percent on the first day of January on 2015 to 2019. However, the disagreement was over the calculation. In its calculation, the CWU is interpreting the retroactive portion of the increase to be compounding. The SSB is not. Today, SSB’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Colin told Love News that while the meeting ended in the favor of the CWU, the agreed salary increase calculation should not set precedence.

DR. COLIN YOUNG, C.E.O., S.S.B.

“At the board meeting in late December, this matter was tabled before the board. The board had decided that based on the fact that we are embarking on a new strategic plan for 2018 to 2022 and that we were trying to ensure that the moral of the staff improves so as to deliver the ambitious outcomes in the strategic plan and so not to pick a fight the board decided that they would have paid the balance based on the calculation favored by the union. However, it’s very important to understand that the board was adamant that by doing so will not set a precedent going forward in the past but that in the future during any type of negotiation having to do with the salary increase. Both parties will seek then to clarify and articulate exactly what is meant by the term salary increase including how it is to be calculated in the future. Yesterday at the meeting that was resolved and we are now able to move from this particular path.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER 

“In favor of the CWU right?”

DR. COLIN YOUNG, C.E.O., S.S.B.

“Well essentially the CWU obtained what they wanted in terms of the quantum of the payment and the board was able to impress upon the Union while it is done in good faith it is not setting a precedent to the past or in the future.

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER

“Okay. Essentially this was an argument between who is right and who is wrong. Would you concede that this…”

DR. COLIN YOUNG, C.E.O., S.S.B.

“Well, I think that is how the union or the media has tried to portray this. The issue was what is the actual interpretation of the language in the CBA. As you know the relationship is guided by the language in the CBA and when you look at the CBA it is silent on how the salary increase is to be calculated and so there was a difference of opinion.”

The payment will be made at the end of the month.

 

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