Discussions on postal service transfer continues

POSTED: 10/9/11 10:20 PM

GREAT BAY – Managing Director of New Post Netherlands Antilles Franklin Sluis and Hensley Plantijn who is the legal advisor to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams will met at around 10:00 a.m. Saturday to continue talks on an arrangement for New Post Netherlands Antilles to continue carrying out postal service in St. Maarten at least until the end of the year.

Discussions on the arrangement began on Thursday – the same day that postal workers went to the Government Administration Building “to get clarity on who would be their employer as of Monday.”
Sluis said he could not sign the agreement on Friday because the key points of the transfer of employees based on the protocol signed by New Post Netherlands Antilles and St. Maarten Communication Workers Union and an acknowledgement that New Post Netherlands Antilles will continue operating the non-postal and non-concession related money-gram and e-zone services after the transition.
“The employees have endorsed the transfer agreement we signed with the union so we cannot move away from that,” Sluis said.

The Government of St. Maarten is unsure if the transfer protocol can be upheld because it binds Postal Services St. Maarten to things which they were not able to negotiate, much less agree on. The government has also said that it wants to keep the non-concession services as part of a total takeover of the post office.
President of the St. Maarten Communications Workers Union Ludson Evers is awaiting the outcome of the talks because “there can be no transfer if we don’t agree.”

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