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Battle over JDF pension

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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Dear Claudienne,

Since retiring from the Jamaica Defence Force in 2004, I have been disputing the pension payment to which they say I am entitled.
In determining the payment due to me, they have not included a pay raise that was granted to the JDF in 1993 or 1994 in cash and bonds.
I recall visiting the Pensions Office in Up Park Camp at that time, where I was given a document with the sum of $132,000. I was told to take the document to the Pay and Records Office to be honoured.
When I took the document to the female manager of the Pay and Records Office, she told me that there was no cash available to pay me and that I should return for the money at a later date.
However, when I went back to the office, that manager had been transferred to another Government Department, and the new manager advised me that the document I had left with the former manager could not be found.
I then went to the Ministry of Finance where I was told that, according to a director, the money due to me was not $132,000, but $47,000.
Since my retirement in 2004, I have received only $18,000 from the JDF, which was my last month's salary before I retired. I have not collected the $47,000 because I am disputing this figure. I believe that more money is due to me.
I am seeking your help in putting closure to this matter.

EG

Dear EG,

Tell Claudienne has been in communication with the Pensions Department of the Ministry of Finance about your problem.
However, you do not have a copy of the letter that you claim you received from the JDF instructing the Pay and Records office to pay you $132,000.
The Communications Manager at the Finance Ministry has sent Tell Claudienne the following e-mail :
"A final payment letter to EG, a former Corporal in the Jamaica Defence Force, which was verified and approved by the Defence Board and the auditors, was sent on September 27, 2012. All the information on file indicates that the amount of $47,151.19 is accurate."
Please contact the Accountant General if you decide to collect the $47,151.19.
We wish you all the best.


Have a problem with a store, utility or company? Telephone 936-9436 or write to: Tell Claudienne c/o Sunday Finance, Jamaica Observer,40-42 1/2 Beechwood Avenue, Kingston 5; or email:edwardsc@jamaicaobserver.com

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