More calls for compromise or negotiation at Simpson Bay Resort

POSTED: 04/10/12 2:10 PM

GREAT BAY- The government has reiterated calls for the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (WIFOL) and Simpson Bay Resort Management Company (SBRMC) to stop the impasse that has seen both sides in and out of the courts. Following last Monday’s ruling by the Court of First Instance in favor of WIFOL for the resort company to respect the Collective Labor Agreement (CLA), attorney Jairo Bloem said that he would request a stay of execution of the verdict and also look at appeal possibilities. The two sides have been in a legal brawl since December 2010. Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, Cornelius de Weever on Wednesday revisited calls for both parties to come to a compromise.
“Please sit at the table and negotiate that is the easiest way out in the interest of all,” he urged.
Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams clarified that as a government, the Council of Ministers did not discuss the recent verdict and what follow-up action may be likely. Many persons have called for government’s intervention in what is soon becoming a ‘tit for tat’.
Next to ordering that the resort management respect the collective labor agreements the court’s ruling also requires that Simpson Bay Resort pays the employees’ wages based on the collective labor agreements until the moment that they are not valid. The resort will have to pay $5, 000 for every day or part thereof that it does not live up to the ruling. This will continue to a maximum of $1, 000, 000. The court has also ordered the resort to pay $50, 000 plus legal interest from December 17 because Bloem did not protest a claim for attempting to damage Wifol’s reputation by offering the union’s members contracts. Simpson Bay Resort has also been ordered to pay for the cost of the proceedings that have been incurred by Wifol, 100 guilders ($55) in court fees, any bailiff fees and 1, 800 guilders ($1, 000) for attorney fees. The ruling became enforceable at the moment it was delivered and the judge has also dismissed any further or other claims.
Immediately following the ruling, WIFOL’s President Theophilus Thompson called for an end to war.
“Let’s end this war. We won’t put down arms, but we call on management in the name of the economy, in the name of peace, in the name of the image abroad, let us end this. It’s 3 – 2 now. We must immediately go into discussion.”
While the two sides remain deadlocked a large quantity of unionized workers of the former Pelican Resort remains at home.

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