The Editor, Sir:
We are all aware that the retirement age in Jamaica for both males and females is 60 years. However, there is some disparity between both genders regarding the payment of National Insurance pensions.
Currently, females start receiving their NIS pension upon their retirement at the age of 60. However, her male counterpart who would have retired at the similar age would not start receiving his pension until five years later, at the age of 65. This arrangement has been in place since the inception of the NIS programme. I don't know the rationale for this inequity; however, as it now stands, males are currently at a disadvantage.
I am now making an appeal to the Joint Confederation of Trade Unions to lobby the Government to change this archaic law.
I am, etc.,
Earl H. Campbell
Braeton, St Catherine