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Oct 8, 2015

CWU President Says Crisis Could Have Been Averted

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

According to CWU President Audrey Matura-Shepherd, this crisis could have been averted since last November, when the board was requested by the union to start negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement for its members. Matura-Shepherd went on the defensive to call out the chairman of S.S.B., Doug Singh, saying that the staff is being used as a scapegoat for the numerous internal issues at the S.S.B. and that won’t fly.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd, President, CWU

“What he is trying to say is pit the members who contribute to Social Security Board against the employees as though the employees are the ones who make decisions as to how many people go to Social Security Board, get benefits, as to the limited benefits under the law. The employees can’t change the law. It is the board that makes recommendations to the parliamentarians as to any increase, decrease…anything. It is the board that decides how much tens of millions of dollars they would allow the government to use for B.E.L. and B.T.L.; it is the board in cahoots with the government that decides how to siphon money, especially around election to make certain projects occur; it is the board that decides who is the investor that gets money; it is the board that decides how certain transaction go that benefits certain people within the board through their companies and so on. We will reveal a lot of these things. I am throwing it out there to warn the chairman…careful what you say because you have skeletons in your closet. Don’t attack the staff as though they are the final decision makers. The staff has kept quiet for a long time; the staff has signed confidentiality agreements and have kept things confidential, but come on people, be smart. If you have a problem with how your social security scheme is being managed, it is not the staff that tells them oh put the millions of dollars where the politicians tell you to put it. It is not even the staff who appoints those politically appointed people. The staff has to follow; they are the last ones in the chain.”

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