ABOUT 30 out of 103 retrenched workers of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) are calling on the state-owned entity to pay them what they are due. And they have given it a September 30 deadline to do so.
Veteran journalist Peter Thorne, spokesperson for the group, said he had written CBC in February about receiving his pension through the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Ltd (ICBL), ICBL as well as the Financial Services Commission.
“Since June 1, 2019, CBC has been withholding our pensions and gratuities, even though we have expressed a written desire to receive our monies, and first served notice to them on February 5, 2019. over seven months after is more than adequate notice.
“Furthermore, CBC has not instructed ICBL to pay the workers their money even though the law of Barbados, namely the Occupational Pensions and Benefits Act (OPBA) 2003 CAP 350B, is clear on the matter that at age 55, once you have met the eligibility criteria of working three years or 1 000 hours at a company, you can do so whether you are a member or a deferred member,” he explained to the media in Queen’s Park, The City, yesterday.