PM addresses pensions and high cost of living

POSTED: 11/26/12 2:05 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined pensioners and civil servants in celebrating their commitment and service to the government and the people of St. Maarten yesterday at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel.

The Prime Minister had expressed previously her commitment to ensuring that pensioners are able to live as comfortably as possible. “I want to place the focus both on government as a present and future employer. We often talk about the civil service but we should also focus on government as a caring employer. So we will use this as a recurring theme in the future: ‘What are we doing for our workers, both current and former.”

The PM has also stated that government is taking significant steps to alleviate the financial burden placed on pensioners, especially with regards to the increase in the cost of living. “When I go into a supermarket and realize the costs I ask myself what about those that rely on a fixed pension. That is why government continues to work hard at changing the law to change the indexation in addition to increasing the pension. We are also contemplating what we can do about to the high cost of living.”

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