PM forwards answers to James about post office

POSTED: 10/25/12 12:13 PM

St. Maarten – Government’s shareholder representative for Postal Services St. Maarten N.V (PSS), Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has confirmed that questions posed by United People’s Party Parliamentarian Jules James have been answered.
“The Member of Parliament Mr. James asked for among other things the budget of 2012 and that has been forwarded to him through the chairperson of the parliament,” the prime minister said on Wednesday.
However she did not divulge information on the content of her response to James.
Some of the questions, she indicated, required information directly from the post office’s management and this led to a small delay before an entire package of responses was sent to James.
The parliamentarian was also informed that a quick scan was taken place at PSS and in this regard “A lot of information that we can make decisions on will be had once that quick scan is ready and will be presented to the prime minister and the government,” Wescot-Williams said.
The quick scan could be completed within six weeks.
As Today reported on September 19, James posed 33 questions to the Minister of General Affairs, the majority of which dealt with the operations and financial situation at PSS.
“It is my understanding that the Postal Services of St. Maarten (PSS) may be undergoing some serious financial challenges. How much money did the government had to inject in PSS and how much more is it prepared to inject?,” James asked.
Apart from the financials, he also questioned the possibility of a strike and the possible dismissal of the director.
“Is there any truth to the rumors that the employees’ representatives are considering staging a strike because they are not pleased with senior management and the current direction of PSS? What can you share with parliament concerning the rumors that government is looking for the opportune occasion to sack its current director to bring in a team from one of the former Antilles islands to lead PSS?”
Two weeks ago while at the Council of Ministers press conference, the prime minister used the opportunity to state that she had no intention of sacking the post office’s director unless an audit was conducted and warranted such action.
James also asked Wescot-Williams about the speed of service.
“What is the standard or normal time for letters to be transferred from one island to the next, specifically within the former Netherlands Antilles? Is there any truth to rumors that letters are taking in excess of 5 days for inter-island transfer wouldn’t this be against postal regulations?”
James furthermore wants to know whether some of the PSS-competitors who do not have a concessionaire license to transport letters “are still conducting this business. He also enquired as whether the government was prepared to investigate the truthfulness of these rumors. “After all, if this is the case it will be to the detriment of PSS. This we could ill afford in this tough economic time.”

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