Ministry pledges to assist workers in centralized manner

POSTED: 01/10/12 3:03 PM

St. Maarten – The Worker’s Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) and a technical team from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor have agreed to work together to assist 47 people the management of the former Pelican Resort want to dismiss. The group was originally 49 people, but two have since died.
The department is committed to helping the group which has not received a salary since December 1, 2011 with both financial aid and legal aid. In order to streamline the process Secretary General in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Jorien Wuite requested that a group of between three to five volunteers collect the necessary information from the broader group and submit it. This will allow the department to deal expeditiously with the requests. She also made it clear upfront that any assistance that is granted would not match what people made when they were employed. This particular point was not well received.
After the session Wuite also told the media that work continues on the dismissal request on two fronts. On one hand the Department of Labor must assess whether the request is still valid and on the other they must also decide whether to grant the request or not. A decision has been delayed because the representatives of the resort have not been forwarding information that the department has requested that will allow the department to make a decision.

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