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Jul 9, 2019

KHMH Workers Union Writes Stern Letter to KHMH CEO Over Non-Payment of Pension

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Workers Union is coming down hard on the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. The union has written a stern letter, scolding C.E.O. Michelle Cox-Hoare for a memorandum, dated June twenty-eighth, in which she told the hospital staff that the K.H.M.H. Authority cannot legally pay pension.  Staff members were told that pension payments are only payable by the government.  This determination was made by the authority after consultation and legal clarification of the K.H.M.H.A. and Pensions Acts. Well, the union, via the letter, told Cox-Hoare that the memo’s first sentence is not only misleading, but erroneous. The memo says that staff members are aware that the authority is engaged in clarifying its pension obligations.  The union reminded the C.E.O. that she told the staff in a January 2019 meeting that they were pensionable. The union says that any new and contradicting information in regards to pensionable benefits, which may have caused grey areas thereafter, was never communicated to the staff. According to the union, the administration and the office of the C.E.O., in particular, has failed to keep commitments agreed upon during a meeting on June fifth. It was the general consensus, says the union, that in light of contradicting legal opinions the court would be approached for guidance. This was not done and as such the union is charging the C.E.O. and the authority with failing to discharge its fiduciary duty for the benefits of the staff. As for the K.H.M.H.A. Act, the union says that the act does not provide for a replacement of the government’s pension scheme with any contributory scheme such as the Provident Fund which was established in 2017. In respect of the Provident Fund, employees will contribute three percent of their salaries while the K.H.M.H. will contribute four percent. The K.H.M.H. Act, however, allows for a pension plan to be set in place as a supplementary scheme to the pension; not a replacement. The union tells the C.E.O. that any actions contrary to these provisions would amount to an infringement of the employees’ rights and renders the authority liable. The union has asked to meet with its members on the hospital grounds this week and has reminded the K.H.M.H. that as the employer it has the duty to accommodate such request. And lastly, in the letter, the union

tells the C.E.O. that the staff feels that her administration is“at the very least not interested in their overall well being and their long term benefits.” The C.E.O. is told that her  “robust quest in reducing wastage and arbitrary cutting of cost has many staff members feeling disenfranchised of their rights and benefits in the past few weeks.” Our messages to the C.E.O. for comment went unanswered, again.

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