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… GTU urges Gov’t to stop deductions from teachers’ salaries The Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) has informed the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) that it cannot honour any claims being requested by teachers who have policies with the insurance company.At a press conference held at the GTU’s head office yesterday at Woolford Avenue, President of the union, Colwyn King, said that almost all the teachers in Guyana have medical policies with CLICO and,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, when the union enquired if a claim made by any teacher can now be processed,Wholesale Jerseys, the GTU was told by the insurance company that it cannot be done at this time, and that the company does not know if any claim will ever be honoured.As such, the GTU is urging the teachers who are in the medical scheme with the insurance company to write to the Ministry of Education requesting that the ministry stop deducting the monies which are being paid to CLICO out of their salaries. “Because it would benefit them nothing… they might have paid many years, and they might have never gotten sick,Wholesale NFL Jerseys China, but at this time since there is no benefit forthcoming… we are saying to them that we cannot go and write and stop the claim, because they (teachers) did their deductions personally,” the union president said.King added that some teachers have been calling GTU, expressing their concerns over the situation.Currently,Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, teachers with the medical policy pay $272 per month,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, while those in the family scheme pay $672 monthly to CLICO.The medical policy covers medical treatment abroad for teachers, along with maternity and dental care among others.It was also explained that some teachers have even upgraded their policies with the insurance company,China NFL Jerseys, as some of them now pay approximately $9,000 to $19,000 per month to the company for other insurance policies.It was also explained that GTU is seeking other insurance companies in which they can have their members continue their medical programme.Only recently Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo had assured all Guyanese that their policies at CLICO are still valid, and that all claims are guaranteed.The President asked that persons continue paying their premiums as the company can guarantee all claims, whether these are medically related or vehicular.President Jagdeo said that if someone were to seek medical help now, had a fire or had a vehicle accident and his premiums are up to date, then the claim would be processed as is normal.“So persons are to continue paying premiums regardless of what they are seeing.Even the cheques that are in limbo, and many people who have received these cheques and are waiting, just give us a few days more to go through that issue. But know that the money will not be lost.”The President had noted that Guyanese are not going to lose their money as the Government has no intention to deceive the people. (Fareeza Haniff)
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