“An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay”

POSTED: 05/3/11 11:50 AM

Labor Day Message Minister de Weever:

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social development and Labor Cornelius de Weever called upon all social partners to think about the consequences of their actions in his Labor Day message.

“ In the midst of our carnival celebration let us take a moment and reflect on the laborers and appreciate their contribution to St. Maarten. I would like to acknowledge and congratulate all laborers on this Labor Day. I would also like to congratulate all unions that protect the rights of laborers and to congratulate the business community who provide opportunities to the laborers of St. Maarten. We are all interdependent, let us not forget this. As a new country we all have our role to play in creating a better society.  I ask everyone to make a conscious effort to think about the consequences of his or her actions,” De Weever stated.

“Whether you are applying for a job, hiring someone for a job or even applying for a work permit – it is imperative that each of us understand the commitment we have to make and remind ourselves of the adage: “An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.” This statement at times appears to elude us these days. With everyone trying to make ends meet as the cost of living and the cost of doing business increases, the burden is on all of us, not each one of us individually. Let us stay true of our principles and strike a fair balance between the general interest of St. Maarten and one’s financial interest.

“As much as laborers and businesses focus on their rights, they have to also focus on their responsibilities. One of the duties of the Government of St. Maarten is to ensure that the needs of the labor market are reflective in the education curriculum and policy, ensuring that our young people are prepared for the job market. The Government’s future labor policies have to be in sync with St. Maarten’s economic reality and vision. We must work together and share information to ensure that we are all heading in the same direction.

“Finally, I would like us all to take a moment and reflect on Labor Day and its significance. Reflect on the way Labor Day was celebrated in the past, present and how it should be in the future. Reflect on the contribution that each employee makes, appreciate his or her contribution and treat each employee fairly. Understanding the interrelationship of employees, employers and Government is key to building country St. Maarten.”

 

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