The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) says its concerns about the new pensions act are being addressed by the government, with more amendments expected soon.
The union’s General Secretary Thomas Letang says Government has given assurances that retirees who may be disenfranchised by the changes will be compensated.
Under the newly amended Social Security Act the gradual increase in the pensionable age is expected to threshold at age 65 in 2021.
Letang has said there are implications for some public servants, concerns his union has been articulating to the governing Dominica Labour Party of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
“What government is proposing reflects our position, remember we had concerns and had written to government in that regard, we submitted a resolution to government requesting that something be done about the question of pension to public officers,” Letang told DNO.
“When we met on Friday, we were satisfied with what was presented to us and that had to do with the age at which public officers had to retire from the service and that is set at sixty,” the union leader said.
According to Letang the government “has decided to bridge that gap that is the period that they retire up to the time that they will receive their social security pension”.