Senator Ray Roberts who began representing the Labour Movement in the Upper House since 2013 called on President Chester Humphrey to commitment to suspending his pension from the Parliament until the matter is resolved.
All Parliamentarians receive a salary for one year at the dissolution of a parliamentary session.
Chester served in the Parliament for almost thirty years representing the Labour Movement.
“I challenge you to give a commitment that you will suspend your pension until Government workers who are retired from the service get a pension,” said Roberts said he will suspend his pension until the matter is settled.
The Pension disqualification legislation was approved in 1983 by the then People’s Revolutionary Government based on the establishment of the National Insurance Scheme.
The Scheme pays all retired workers a pension but the Constitution provides for all workers to receive a pension.
According to Roberts, several retired workers do not have access to a pension.
“They are home receiving nothing, not receiving a pension and this needs to be resolve they need a better life,” he told the House while offering his support to the Income tax Amendment 2017 legislation which provides for abolishing tax on pension and other forms of severance.
Nazim Burke, who represents the main opposition in the Senate said he supports the Bill as those who work for years in the service, deserve to be enjoy retirement with financial stability.
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