The East London Redress Committee has recently been formed to assist government employees who believe they have been overlooked by the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council’s (PSCBC) pension redress fund.
The committee is made up of ten members, who were elected on August 29.
The PSCBC fund was first established in 2002 and was aimed at former government employees who had suffered from various forms of discrimination under the apartheid government.
These include female employees who were forced into resignation in order to give birth, as well as former employees in the former Transkei, Ciskei, Bophathatswana and Venda governments.
“The retired public servants claim they were not given sufficient information on time to benefit from the programme,” said committee member and former John Bisseker High School principal Raman Khandoo said.
PSCBC closed applications in 2012.
Those looking to apply for redress must e-mail either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for the necessary forms.
Make sure that the subject line of the e-mail says “REDRESS”.
Alternatively, hard copies can be collected from 172 Dunoon Road, Buffalo Flats.
Applicants must provide a copy of their ID and, in the case of deceased members, a death certificate.
Forms must be completed and submitted no later than September 30.
“It must be emphasised that we are not giving false hopes to applicants, we are merely facilitating,” said Khandoo.
For more information, call Khandoo on 084-838-9415 or committee coordinator Adam Fray on 082-557-8476.
PSCBC had not responded to questions by the time of going to print.