Reliable sources at the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) told The Herald hundreds of employees would be retrenched next month.
The paper is in possession of a letter from NSSA general manager, Mrs Elizabeth Chitiga, dated December 20 to the employees, where the organisation urges employees to opt for voluntary retrenchment which comes with benefits instead of waiting to be fired. The letter states that the retrenchment offer is open from December 20, 2016 to January 13 2017 with a non-negotiable package of three months’ notice pay, two weeks (pay) for every year served, two weeks (pay) for every 10 years served as gratuity, two months’ severance pay and one month relocation allowance.
NSSA has failed to give its employees their annual bonuses for the first time in many years. Efforts by The Herald to get a comment from NSSA were fruitless yesterday. However, NSSA board chairman Mr Robin Vela is on record confirming to The Herald on December 2 that the authority was trimming its workforce.