Convicted fraudster, forger named Labor Mediator

POSTED: 12/9/10 11:07 PM

St. Maarten – Convicted fraudster and forger Derrick Holiday has been appointed Labor Mediator. The former St. Maarten Chief Commissioner of Police will work along side the current mediator Kenneth Lopes, who will stand down in April 2011. Both men will be introduced to the stakeholders soon.
St. Maarten Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Maria Buncamper-Molanus made the announcement of Holiday’s appointment in a statement on Wednesday. She wrote he will have to act in accordance to the National Ordinance Regulating Labour Disputes and the resolutions that go along with it. Holiday’s task, which will be executed from the policy department in the Ministry, includes supporting parties during collective labour agreements negotiations, analyzing and mediating in disputes, providing solutions, organizing referenda and advising on policy matters.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Holiday and look forward to working with him. As was announced earlier Mr. Lopes has been requested to continue for a period of six months also as mediator, during which period he would guide the new mediator Mr. Holiday in the carrying out of his function,” the Minister wrote in her statement.
She also said, “Together the gentlemen will also tackle whatever backlog exists as far as the responsibilities of the mediator is concerned.”
Holiday enters his new post having been convicted of forgery and fraud in March 2009. He’s appealed and lost all the way up to the Supreme Court, which ruled in June that Holiday is guilty and sentenced him to a one year suspended sentence, two years of probation, 180 hours of community service and a three year ban from the police service.

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