Double Dipping – it is the terminology used by the NTUCB for retired workers who are collecting a pension and have returned to the public service as paid contract workers. According to NTUCB President Luis Martinez, the Wage Bill increased by over five million in September 2020 which is found to be shared among 180 persons.
Luis Luke Martinez, President, NTUCB: “The double dipping that is happening in the public sector that needs to stop and so to assist that definitely the legal framework will play a role in that. There are some officers who are on contract and you hear the Public Service Union keep talking about those officers who are on contract they reach their retirement age and they come back and they’re receiving a salary, they’re receiving a pension, and so that’s too much especially around this time so we had to talk about that. That cannot continue to happen. In 2020 there was a circular, circular 7, and this circular was to extend the moratorium on hiring and we saw a change even though they weren’t supposed to hire but in the month of September of 2020 we’ve seen where the wage bill has increased by $5.3 million. Yes approximately $5.3 million and so that cannot continue to happen and this comes back to the contract officers. On a month to month basis there are about a hundred and eighty individuals who are enjoying the luxury of collecting $5.5 million dollars in salary and $3.5 million dollars in pension that’s $9 million dollars for people who have retired that’s ridiculous; that’s a monthly basis. So annually if you add that up quickly it comes up to about $108 million dollars and these are the groups of people who we trade unionists refer to as double dippers. Previously this category of workers would have had to give up their pension if they wanted to come back in the system and so they went and did an amendment and now they’re able to receive a pension and a salary and so that it has to change legally and we’ve didn’t meet any resistance when we made such recommendation. Some of these contract officers what some of them did, and it’s absolutely criminal you could say they know that they are on contract, political appointment in many cases and they’ve secured the renewal of their contract right into another administration and so it is also causing a bind in the service and those type of changes we have to see how we could recommend to change the law to ensure that we don’t see these types of criminal activities so to speak. When it happens the working class suffer and the poor people suffer.”