Holiday: It’s too early for the mediator

POSTED: 05/26/11 12:32 PM

St. Maarten – Labor mediator Derrick Holiday has said it’s too early for him to get involved in disputes between the United Federation of the Windward Antilles (Ufa) and several companies. He’s also accused the union of being “too quick to conclude that there is a deadlock.”
The union wrote Holiday on May 21 to protest the fact that Collective Labor Agreement (CLA) negotiations have yet to begin with the management of the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa, Divi, Goddard Catering, the Towers at Mullet Bay, Rancho Caribe, Carengla N.V., which is doing business as Carl and Sons and Little Switzerland. Holiday said his office has spoken with all the companies except Westin because they feel that the discussions have not gone far enough.
“The union should first address their problems with the management of the companies before the mediator steps in. If the Westin Resort is not acknowledging the UFA as a union, then it is only fair that they first address the matter to the management of the company. If they do not get out of the problem then I will intervene. I do not believe that it is time for the mediator yet,” Holiday said.
He added, “If the management of the resort is firing an employee they should address the matter to the other Labor Department.”

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