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Oct 1, 2015

S.S.B. Employees Says Board is Stalling Signing of CBA

As we told you on Wednesday, S.S.B. employees are also signalling their frustration with the Board. We are told unofficially that that frustration may lead to industrial action sooner rather than later. There’s quite a lot of that going around right now which certainly has a lot to do with general elections in a month. Where the S.S.B. employees are concerned, though, it’s a battle they’ve been fighting for almost a year. They want their Collective Bargaining Agreement signed, and feel that the Board has been stalling, deliberately.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, President, Christian Workers Union

“I will not say much on Social Security Board at this point, because we are hoping the process will work. But what I will say is that the workers since November last year, we sent in that CBA…so it took us couple months to work on that CBA and in November it was handed in. We are almost at November again and that still has not been negotiated and so that is an indication that is everything the management has done to not let this negotiation proceed. And also keep in mind that one of the reasons N.T.U.C.B. was not able to put Mister Floyd Neal, the General Secretary of CWU and have him confirmed as a member of S.S.B. Board is because they said we will be in negotiation and that as soon as that happen, he could come onboard. I believe that they strategically stretched it out because they don’t want competent people, fair-minded people and people that are non-compromised to sit on their board because imagine, many people don’t know that Social Security Board held an emergency meeting immediately after the B.E.L. settlement was passed in the House. And what they did, do they pass a resolution over monies that will affect anybody who contributes to S.S.B., the employees of S.S.B. and B.E.L.  And has there been any disclosure from the government to anyone? There has been none because of the kind of people they put on the board will keep it secret. But now, had CWU, through N.T.U.C.B. have its representative, those things wouldn’t happen because there cannot be quorum at S.S.B. without the union be there and there was no directive to our union representative from N.T.U.C.B. to go to any emergency meeting to deal with that. So there is a lot going on; a lot that is hush-hush, but like I’ve always said, people don’t understand that because politicians know that they’ve used unions to get into power, the same ones who have used the unions to get into power, must crush the same union because they realise the power that union had to get them where they are. And they don’t want that same power to work against them to get them out. That’s the reality we are dealing with. And let’s put it into context with what’s happening. There is going to be an election November fourth, so right now, everybody di buy dehn lotto ticket and hope their number play.”

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