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SSB sticks to its position; urgent meeting pending

The Social Security Board (SSB) is sticking to its stance in regards to the calculation of the salary increase as contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Christian Workers Union, CWU. We sought a comment from the Chairman of the Social Security Board, Doug Singh who wrote to our newsroom stating quote, “The CWU is interpreting the retroactive portion of the increase to be compounding, the Board is not. In fact, the Board has calculated the retroactive portion as it has historically done on all previous negotiated occasions where there was a retroactive increase awarded.” End of quote. Singh further stated that the SSB has sought legal advice on the matter and that advice has confirmed and reinforced the Boards position that the method of calculation is consistent with the language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. However, Singh stated that notwithstanding the SSB position, and in the interest of moving forward, the Board had extended an offer to the staff which essentially conditionally grants the staff the amount they seek. The CWU rejected the offer saying that the SSB computation is erroneous. The CWU has requested a meeting with the SSB which is set to happen next week. We will keep following this story.