Labor Day address Witu-president Elshot: “Workers are still facing challenges today”

POSTED: 05/2/12 11:48 AM

St. Maarten – “It is important for the workers of Country St. Maarten to understand and to commemorate the achievement of Labor Day. We recognize Labor Day’s historic impact on things our forefathers fought for and obtained,” Claire Elshot said yesterday in her Labor Day message.

Elshot, president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union and first Vice President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions said that in spite of these achievements workers are still facing challenges today. “They are abused and their rights are violated.”

Elshot praised Alfred Pieters, “the father of the trade unions for taxi drivers” as well as Patricia Pantophlet and Prudence Hodge-Hodge, “two dynamic women who held top positions in trade unions” for their contributions to the fight for workers’ rights.

“I’d like to continue educating workers about their rights,” Elshot continued. “I congratulate all the workers that have made St. Maarten what it is today.”

She also included the pensioners’ organizations in her brief address. “They are also a part of what we have now and I encourage them to be the advocate for the rights of their members. They too, are facing challenges. To all workers I say, make sure the labor standards are upheld.”

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