Cabinet backs decision of CHAPA which led to protest


The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda says it has lent its support to the board of the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CHAPA) in relation to a retiring employee.

The Cabinet has also made its position clear on the question of extensions for people attaining retirement age.

“It was agreed that no government employee, upon reaching retirement age, can demand an extension; a government employee may seek an extension from Cabinet, which may or may not be granted,” a statment taken from Cabinet notes said.

The CHAPA Board, consisting of seven members and a recording secretary, was invited to Cabinet to address staff displeasure that was expressed in industrial action, one day this past week.

The matter which led to a one day protest last week relates to Housing Executive Officer who is alsmost 60.

“In anticipation, the HEO was informed weeks ago that her employment would end on that date; the HEO was therefore entitled to pre-retirement leave and was ordered to proceed,” based on the goverments account of the situation.

It said that order was rejected and the resulting disagreement became the source of some friction.

But the Cabinet has taken the side of the board of CHAPA in the matter.

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  1. I am kinda confused over this entire retirement thing. How can people still be mandated to go home at sixty,and Social Security will not be paying until you reaches 63 0r 64 ,somewhere around there.Someone tell me how that works.. Should both not work together? People make their contributions in order to get benefits at retirement,SS is telling people if you choose to leave at 60,you will lose some benefits,because their age has been extended.How does this really work? Pretty soon i will fall into that category,something just do not sound too right about the entire situation.

  2. SOME older civil servants cling to their posts thinking that it is theirs for life. They refuse to leave and make room for young people. I get it that change is hard, but once you ease into it, everything will work out itself as time goes by. Gotha can spend quality time with friends, family, and loved ones and travel and do things on her bucket list. There is more to life than work.

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