Pension redress: 3 weeks left to submit

2012-03-13 00:00

PUBLIC servants, such as married women affected by discriminatory pension practices during apartheid, have just three weeks to send in their submissions for pension compensation.

The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council’s (PSCBC) campaign — “Redress for Public Service Employees Discriminated against by Government Pension Funds under Apartheid”, has a March 31, 2012, deadline. This is when all submissions have to be lodged.

To qualify for the redress, eligible employees should have been discriminated against on the basis of race, gender or status of employment.

Details of the eligibility criteria are available from PSCBC. They include:

• Women teachers and other women employees in the public service who lost pensionable service due to changes in their marital status and who were admitted to the Temporary Employees Pension Fund (TEPF) on re-employment;

• Women employees who had to resign to give birth and upon return were admitted to the TEPF;

• South African citizens employed in the former homelands;

• “Kitskonstabels” in respect of the period served in this capacity before being appointed on a permanent basis;

• Former general assistants or casual workers whose waiting periods had not been recognised under phase one of the redress process.

To be eligible for this redress, employees must have evidence that they had been subjected to any of the forms of discrimination provided for in PSCBC’s list of criteria. They must also have been in service on September 2, 1998.

Application forms can be obtained from the human resources department of the civil servant’s current or last place of employment.

Chairperson of the National Pensions Redress Task Team Weizmann Hamilton said the processing of applications will commence only after March 31. He said the PSCBC is targeting the end of the 2012/2013 financial year to finalise the process.

More details on the pension redress campaign can be obtained from your current or former employer human resources department. Or log on to the website: www.pscbc.org.za.

You can also send an SMS to 43638 with your contact details or phone PSCBC at 012 644 8100.

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