A final decision onthe pension payments of ex-correctional service member’s will be handed down bythe Waigani National Court on October 23.
The decision follows a court order for the Correctional Service Management to settle all outstanding claims on this matter.
CS ex-servicemen President Richard Sauvo said: “it’s a relief after a long battle.”
Mr Sauvo servedthe correctional service department for more than 20 years.
He saidthe story dates back to 1995, whenthe CS management stopped pension payment.
He said underthe CS Act: “Members who had served for over 20 years were entitled to pension. However, were denlied benefits, becausethe management misinterpretedthe two Acts – CS ACT and POSF Act.
“The Act clearly states that we are entitled for pension, it did not say pension ceases or pension abolished,” said Sauvo.
Another ex-serviceman, Pirua Andia, saidthe CS management was ignorant oftheir plights. He saidthey deservedtheir benefit.
“I am thankful that we won our court case,” said Andia.
A written statement bythe lawyer representing CS ex-servicemen, Dick Korowa, he appealed to members nationwide to contact him on 3444191 or 72408785.
Meanwhile, contacts withthe CS management were unsuccessful.
Caption: Ex-Correctional Servicemen President Richard Sauvo.
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