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Disgruntled pensioners to meet with prime minister

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By
Shermain Bique Charles

Shermainbique.charles@antiguaobserver.com

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has
agreed to meet with the President of the Pensioners Association and others for
a meeting that will determine the next course of action.

Evans Bennette, the president of
the association told OBSERVER media yesterday that the November 21st
meeting is the final attempt to get the government to stop shirking in its responsibility
to pay pensioners on time.

“We are really frustrated. Members
keep calling the office every day. Some of them in tears because their payments
are late,” he said.

Bennette said pensioners were
promised “time after time”, that their payments would be made on time but “we
are still being paid late”.

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He said the pensioners have
already decided on a form of action to put pressure on the government but
according to him, “I want to give them [the government] one last chance to explain
to us why we are being paid so late”.

Now, the government has said the
failure by certain companies to pay Social Security benefits on behalf of their
workers has caused pension payments to be delayed for the last few months.

In fact, Social Security has been
using its Facebook page to suggest that the organisation was “experiencing
funding challenges due to the low returns of remittances”.

But Bennette, like many other
pensioners, believes that the government can find some other means to fix the
problem.

Surprisingly, Bennette said pensioners are knowledgeable of money being spent on projects that are only now coming on stream.

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