JCSA Garners Benefits for PublicSector Workers

He indicated that key among them is an insurance deal with Jamaica Co-operatives Insurance Agency (JCIA). Public-sector workers are poised to receive new and improved benefits through the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA). Speaking at a JIS Think Tank at the agency’s regional office in Montego Bay, St. James, on September 9, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, said the Association aims to launch two products for the benefit of members before the end of the year. Story Highlights Public-sector workers are poised to receive new and improved benefits through the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA).Speaking at a JIS Think Tank at the agency’s regional office in Montego Bay, St. James, on September 9, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, said the Association aims to launch two products for the benefit of members before the end of the year.He indicated that key among them is an insurance deal with Jamaica Co-operatives Insurance Agency (JCIA).Mr. Grant said under this deal, members “can insure their vehicle for as low as $25,000 for the year”.“We will be promoting this [and] only members of the JCSA can benefit from this particular product,” he added.The President said this will be complemented by a JCSA-branded prepaid MasterCard system that the association plans to have in operation by the end of October. He explained that the MasterCard will enable members to generate significant savings and discounts from use at certain establishments.“When they go and use their cards at these merchants, they not only get cash back but they are able to get the discounts. We are saying that an average member will be able to save between $500 and $3,000 per month using the card,” Mr. Grant outlined.“Another thing with this MasterCard is that we are in dialogue with our thrift society (Jamaica Civil Service Mutual Thrift Society). When a member comes into the Thrift Society for a loan or to draw down on whatever savings they have, they can send in something and have the money uploaded to their card and use the card to shop, pay grocery bill, utility bill [and] everything that can be done,” he added.In the meantime, Mr. Grant said the JCSA offers grants of up to $30,000 for members pursuing tertiary education. “On average, we have between 200 to 300 persons per year applying for that grant, of which we are able to satisfy most if not all of the demand for the grant,” he said.Additionally, Mr. Grant said members have access to a minimart, where grocery items can be purchased without the retail markup, and that the JCSA plans to expand this minimart to St. James and other parishes where there is a high concentration of public-sector workers who are members of the Association.“The minimart management committee is doing the due diligence now to identify the location and to market the minimart in the Montego Bay area. So, members who work and live in Montego Bay can actually come into the minimart and do their shopping,” he said. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Talk on…October 19, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Can’t touch this…March 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Bitch slapped…January 30, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …at City Hall’s arrogance?Your Eyewitness is surprised that some folks are surprised the PNC-led APNU/AFC government hasn’t even HINTED that the officials of City Hall in general, and the Town Clerk in particular, would even be SPOKEN TO  after their latest outrageous act –which is beyond any pale one may conceive of. But isn’t the City officials’ covering up the sexual violation of a child by one of their evident “own” a direct replication of the PNC hierarchy’s covering up for their “own” in the said City Council?While most right-thinking folks would recoil at the rape of a troubled youth by a City Constable — whose duty was to protect him — wasn’t the Mayor, Town Clerk and her other two colleagues — all members of the PNC — signing of the secret — and illegal — Parking Meter Contract also an attempted rape of the entire city of Georgetown? And wasn’t it covered up? Weren’t we all violated when we were threatened with a fleecing that puts those champion Aussie shearers to shame?Imagine the Chairman of the PNC — who just happens to be the Attorney General — and the Minister of Finance both highlighted the potential damage the contractual rape would’ve inflicted on the parking public — not a word was uttered to stop the outrage. In fact, the Minister of Communities waived his power to intervene in a municipal manner by signing off the necessary by-laws!!As your Eyewitness pointed out then, this PNC code of “omerta” is more effective than the Mafia’s:  they only kill the person “snitch”, the PNC cut off access to the public purse — and you know, dear reader, money speaks louder than bullets!! So, even after the scandal of the secret rape contract was exposed, the mayor was REWARDED with a position on the PNC Executive Committee!So, dear reader, let’s return to the sordid rape of the ‘wandering” boy by the City Constable; actually, Lance Corporal. Seems this wasn’t even the first time the fella had done his despicable act — and the Gang of Four knew of it, because the matter was sent to the DPP. The latter didn’t press charges because the violated boy had “decided” not to testify. And we all know what determined THAT “decision”!Truth is: the Gang of Four controls a city administration that’s in a perpetual “shake down” mode over the citizens of Georgetown.Like the old Tammany Hall ward bosses of yore in the US, the Gang of Four will be untouched, because they are expected to get out the votes, come 2020.So what if our children are violated? “Collateral damage”!…at the homeless Indian MonumentThe Monument to the Indian Immigrants was years in the making. Built by and in India, it was shipped to Guyana since January 2016. It retraced the trip across the “kala pani” that the original immigrants had taken. Designed by local Guyanese artists, it was supposed to get a permanent home in time for the 100th anniversary of the Abolition of Indian Indentureship, on March 12, 2017.But like those Indians who struck out for Europe hundreds of years ago and earned the name “gypsies”, which is synonymous with wandering and having no fixed abode, this seems to have become the fate of the Indian Monument. The PNC-led APNU/AFC government was supposed to take the baton from the ousted PPP Administration, but dropped it like a hot potato!They brought in from Linden a “contractor” with absolutely NO experience to build the base, and yet expressed surprise the structure fell down like Humpty Dumpy!!Maybe the homelessness of the Monument is the Government’s message to Indian Guyanese?…on environmental adviceRear Admiral Gary Best was appointed Presidential Advisor on the Environment. Civil Society activist Chris Ram complained that, with oil in the offing and the Deepwater Horizon spill still fresh, Best should speak up.C’mon Chris, the man, by definition, can lead only from the REAR!! read more