DLP wants better for short-term workers without NIS

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The Democratic Labor Party fears that many Barbadians who have found short-term employment and are paid by the government may not be eligible for National Insurance Benefits (NIS). This is because no NIS dues are paid for
these workers.

Addressing the issue, DLP Senior Vice President Ryan Walters said Today’s case he had received a number of complaints from workers concerned about the lack of a safety net.

“The Democratic Labor Party urges the government to operate to the same standards it wishes to apply to the private sector. Repeated reports reaching us from injured and disappointed workers indicate that while they are grateful to be employed, they would have liked to benefit from contributions to NIS in the same way that permanent workers benefit.

THE CASE of today ‘ Investigations found that the National Conservation Commission (NCC) had not paid in NIS for its more than 360 employees as part of the national clean-up program which was launched in 2019. Reports also indicate that the Department of Personal Empowerment and Seniors Affairs reportedly followed the trend and did not contribute to the NIS for some new home help program workers.

Likewise, the workers who were employed in the ash cleanup project who also worked with some of the salvage efforts for Hurricane Elsa and those in the Drainage Unit also seem to suffer a similar fate.

The DLP business spokesperson called on Minister Colin Jordan to fix the problem and find a solution for the workers.

“The Democratic Labor Party is disgusted by this approach to the way the government treats work and calls on Minister Collin Jordan to quickly remedy this unfortunate situation,” he said.

Walters said the government owes a duty of care to all citizens and called for an immediate end to the practice as it affects workers’ chances of getting a pension.

“The reality is that employees are at a disadvantage when their employers do not pay NIS contributions. They are not entitled to sickness benefit or unemployment benefit.

Moreover, the government does not allow these people to accumulate the minimum contributions necessary to be able to earn an NIS pension when they reach retirement age.

He added: “That in itself has a big backlash for those hard-working citizens, who if this trend continues, will not be able to collect a government pension or will have to ‘jump through the hoops’ to qualify for a pension from the government. non-contributory old age although they have worked over the years.

The Vice President also took the opportunity to reiterate the DLP’s call for full disclosure of NIS finances. “The DLP is also appealing to the government again, as we did in November 2020 for an actuarial review of the National Insurance Scheme.

A review that is long overdue, because according to Article 34 of the Law on National Insurance and Social Security, an actuarial review of the national insurance scheme should be carried out every three years.

“Two actuarial reports are now pending and with the devastation reported to the plan over the past 15 months and the government’s $ 1.3 billion haircut in debt restructuring, the public must be brought up to speed. update on the state of this important government agency, ”Walters mentioned. (BMI)

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