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posted 14 Oct 2013, 15:03 by Gerry Kangalee
The interpretation of Court Award ruling by the Industrial Court in ESD no. 6 of 2007, delivered on September 19th 2013 in a matter between the Communication Workers Union and TSTT shone the spotlight on the issue of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

The National Workers Union (NWU) believes that indexed COLA is an important provision to assist in protecting workers from the ravages of inflation. Since the 1980’s most groups of workers have lost indexed COLA which has been replaced by a fixed COLA. The NWU believes that unions must once more make indexed COLA a priority provision that must be fought for in negotiations for collective agreements.

Workers must understand the history of COLA; how COLA is calculated on the basis of the Retail Price Index; what happens when the retail price Index is rebased; how COLA is treated when collective agreements expire and why so many groups of workers lost indexed COLA in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
The history of COLA can be accessed here 
Gerry Kangalee,
14 Oct 2013, 15:03