De Weever signs regulation to establish Tripartite Committee

POSTED: 10/3/11 8:15 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Cornelius de Weever signed the Ministerial regulation to establish the Tripartite Committee, on September 30, 2011. Once the regulation is published, a meeting will be convened. One of the first topics the minister wants to discuss is the policy on the employment of foreign workers.

The Tripartite Committee (TC) serves as a consultative body on matters relating to labor market issues and topics related to the International Labor Organization. The committee has representatives of the workers organizations, employer’s organizations and government and its establishment is also in line with the philosophy expressed in Convention 144 on Tripartite Consultation. De Weever subscribes to engaging in social dialogue, thus consulting with the social partners.

“St. Maarten intends to as much as reasonably possible, comply with international labor standards and we want to do so in consultation and collaboration with the social partners.

The establishment of the Tripartite Committee (TC) is to not only improve social dialogue, but also to involve and foster greater cooperation amongst the social partners—thus forming a cohesive government, employer and employee partnership,” the Minister stated in a press release.

“As a country, we want to live up to our international obligations and by joining hands and heads we can begin to tackle some of the important issues pertaining to our labor market, such as putting our young people to work and creating a flexible and affordable business environment that will eventually lead to the creation of more and better jobs for our people,” De Weever added.

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