Boufoy-Bastick v University of the West Indies

Education – Teacher. On the appellant's retirement from his position as a senior lecturer with the respondent university, an issue arose as to whether he had achieved the requisite number of years of service to entitle him to supplementary pension benefits. The Supreme Court of Jamaica had allowed the appellant's claim, but the Court of Appeal had allowed the university's appeal. The Privy Council allowed the appeal. While the appellant had not commenced service on the date on which he had contended, he had, on a proper construction of the terms of his contract of engagement, accrued the necessary level of service to entitle him to the supplementary benefits.

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