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Plateau workers kick against introduction of contributory pension

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By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – The Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions, JUPTI has objected to the State Governor, Simon Lalong’s Executive Bill on Contributory Pension Scheme pending before the State House of Assembly saying the Governor has not taken into consideration peculiarities of some employees before proposing certain policies.

The Union in a press statement issued yesterday and signed by its Chairman, Comr. Paul Dakogol pointed out that it is passing through some pains due to the enforcement of some government policies like the TSA without consideration to their peculiarity and as such would not accept any policy designed to put further pressure on its members.

He said, “Our members will not accept any policy that may end up jeopardizing the present well organized pension scheme being run in our various institutions where all our retirees are being paid their gratuity as at when due and members are satisfied with the system.

“The case of TSA is still fresh in our minds considering the present financial challenges of the Government, we are not convinces that government will have the capacity to meet up with it’s part of contribution and faithfully pay past service liabilities of workers at exit.”

He maintained that the executive bill has no details on how the final benefits are to be arrived at so that his members can be well informed before commencement and called for the exemption of all tertiary institutions from the bill, sustaining the present defined benefit and strengthening of the Edict establishing the state institutions that allowed for autonomy of the institutions to run pension and gratuity scheme following the implementation of the consolidated salary structure which has been working till date.

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