Sun | Dec 17, 2017

PNP urges Gov't to increase NIS pensions

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Members of the diplomatic corps, including Niu Qingbao (second right), Chinese ambassador to Jamaica, view the proceedings during the People's National Party 79th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston yesterday.

President of the People's National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to "have some compassion" on the pensioners of Jamaica, noting that the last time they got an increase was in January 2013.

Sending a message from the platform of the PNP's annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston yesterday, Phillips said there should be no more delays in granting an increase to the more than 100,000 national insurance pensioners.

"You can tell a lot about a society by how it treats its elderly and those workers in the twilight of their years. It is unfortunate that the last time our NIS pensioners got an increase was in January 2013."

Phillips said that, since the last increase almost five years ago, the price of medicine, food and transportation has increased many times.

At the same time, the party president castigated the Government for pledging to increase the minimum wage in the run-up to the 2016 general election, but to date has failed to honour its commitment.

edmond.campbell@gleanerjm.com