Contractors protest in Marigot

POSTED: 09/23/13 1:16 PM

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Senator Louis Constant Fleming, former President of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin Alain Richardson, deputy Daniel Gibbs and several members of the territorial council support an action by the association of professional building and public works contractors this morning designed to force housing corporation Semsamar to immediately let the companies restart work on 142 houses under construction located just below the Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital in Concordia.

The builders-association says that the livelihood of 200 workers and the families that depend on them are at stake. In a press release the contractors say that they will take their fight to the streets, “the only place where the voices of citizens are truly heard.”

The builders-association says that is only the spearhead of the movement to take to the streets and that it has been in talks with decision makers for the past three years.

“We repeat here,” the association states in its press release, “if nothing is done by the business community and the citizens against the injustices of which Saint Martin is the victim, it is no longer necessary to think about tourism or about investments, and our everyday concerns will become delinquency, pressure on the social minimum, a significant increase in unemployment and a complete young generation without a future in Saint Martin.”

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