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May 8, 2021
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30 Years of Service But No Retirement Fund

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By Julie Badui Owa – EM TV News, LAE

Levi Keindip began working at the Balob Teachers College in 1982, before retiring in 2014, with the veteran carpenter still waiting for the college to pay his retirement benefits.

His family is now calling on the college to pay what they owe for his 30 years of service.

Keindip was responsible for the maintenance of buildings, tables and bunk beds for student dormitories. When he left Balob in 2014 he was recognised by the institution with a farewell gathering and a payment of K5,000, which he said was not to his expectation.

Still following up on his retirement benefits, after being advised that the college will look into paying his entitlements, Keindip says he knows he’s been contributing to his entitlements because 20 per cent of his wage was often deducted by the college accounts department and paid to a retirement fund.

The youngest son of the carpenter, Klip Keindip, says he grew up at the college while his father was working as a carpenter.

He says his father has done so much for the college and deserves to be treated equally.

He has called on the college to pay what they owe his father for his 30 years of service.

The Balob Teachers College, meanwhile, says Keindip worked for the college under a Memorandum of Understanding and did not have a formal employment agreement. 

The documents relating to the agreement of employment have not been produced by either party.

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