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Feb 12, 2013

Castellanos wants retirement deferred

Jose Castellanos

Jose Castellanos was considered the ‘numbers’ man of the negotiating team, but he withdrew just one day before that team was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Barrow to hear government’s proposal. There was much speculation surrounding his departure, including allegations of personal political attacks as well as state sanctioned and orchestrated intimidation at his workplace. Today Castellanos would not comment much on what he calls personal matters but took the media opportunity to make a request to the government.


Jose Castellanos, President, A.P.S.S.M.

“I will focus on issues, on the future. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t. I think it was an error of judgment, but it has happened. You can’t change the past. I want to talk about the future, in terms of what the formula means for workers of this country in the next four years, and how it could be improved. But I don’t want to focus on my personal life…that is in the past.”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow [File: February 6th, 2013]

Dean Barrow

“Mister Castellanos, I’m not sure how much you knew about the sequence of events but Mr. Castellanos had applied to go off medically unfit so that he could get all his benefits from August of last year. He had discussed his request with his C.E.O. who said fine, the ministry will support you and the Ministry formally gave that in September of last year. He became president of the A.P.S.S.M. I believe in October when he knew that his request to be medically boarded if you can call it that; was already in trail. When I got the letter that you had asked me about on the Thursday at which point I had not received yet; I got the letter on the Friday morning, I also got documentation that showed that the medical board before which he appeared had already ruled in favor of his going off medically unfit had put up a formal recommendation that he be allowed to collect his benefits at leave. The director of health services concurred with that recommendation before or either before on the day or the Friday when Mr. Castellanos sends me his letter. So that’s when in his letter he says I believe I’m being intimidating and I’m coming off the negotiating team because otherwise the rest of my tenure over the next two years as president of the A.P.S.S.M. will be a kind of living hell for me. My god man at that point he knew that he was retiring from the government service at his instance, at his request; I find that a little bit off.”


Jose Castellanos

“I have great respect for the Prime Minister of this country. He is our Prime Minister. I would say this, though, that I would more than welcome if my retirement could be deferred so that I could serve my two years as president of
A.P.S.S.M. Because by going into early retirement I will effectively have to leave the post. Because this is voluntary work! This is not like other unions which is full-time. My case is voluntary. I don’t get paid a single cent for this. In fact I invest money from my pocket. So I would urge government to defer my retirement at least to allow me to serve one year, at least to October of this year. And I would even welcome the two year term which would be next year. But I would welcome the deferment of the retirement. Like I said I have great respect for the Prime Minister. I will not get involved in those things. People know me out there. I have worked for nineteen years, both in the private sector and the public sector. So I will not get involved in those things.”


Castellanos told News Five that he doesn’t believe the criticism from Prime Minister Dean Barrow was personal, but he does believe that the P.M. was given the wrong information before he made those comments. He will meet with the executive body of the A.P.S.S.M. this Friday to discuss government’s salary adjustment proposal with them and to offer his own suggestions for what he calls a surgical intervention into that proposal.

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3 Responses for “Castellanos wants retirement deferred”

  1. Bear says:

    I don’t see how a man is medically unfit to get retirement, and then goes into another job. It sounds crooked, to say you’re “unfit” to collect money, and at the same time say you’re “fit” to collect more money. I don’t like crooked people to teach kids or work for government in any way, shape, or form. Shameful, and he got caught at it.

  2. Buju says:

    Castellanos is just another person that the government help to educate and now they turn around and keeps his knowledge to himself and plays the race card.

    I know this man personally for 2 years and for that period maybe he was at work for 6 to 8 months. As you miss him he is out on sick leave…. But he is begging to be written off medicall unfit and now talking about going to the private sector


  3. Pelican says:

    I could see through this guy from the word get go. He is cheap! Use Union to set up a profile then go into private practice. Notice his bragging about “highly qualified” and that the unions should seek expert advice from the many experts “out there”. He now being out there!! Cheap shot Castellanos. Qualified also means being honest!!

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