SBROC accepts arrangementPOSTED: 02/28/11 12:14 PM
Wifol considers final draft MOU today
St. Maarten – Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company (SBROC) have accepted the final draft of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will lead to the reopening of the former Pelican Resort and for the employees to return to work while they appeal a February 8 court ruling. The final version was drafted and presented to parties by the Head of Policy at the Labor Department Rafael Boasman on Saturday and SBROC communicated its approval on Sunday morning through Attorney Jairo Bloem.
“The agreement does not contain all the points my client wanted but in the spirit of continued efforts to resolve this matter my client has accepted the final draft as we believe it contains the elements of a consensus,” Bloem said.
Attorney for the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) Wim van Sambeek confirmed that his client had received a copy of the agreement and it is still being reviewed.
“We will be meeting the union leadership and the shop stewards on Monday to discuss the draft, but I can tell you it does not look much different from the proposal that we have already fiercely criticized,” van Sambeek said.
While discussion on the draft MOU continues the resort remains closed, but at an expense because the SBROC has not turned off the electricity and the pool has not been drained. The company has also maintained a local management team to oversee things and prepare for what Bloem called “a speedy re-opening.”
“We have also provided government with audited financial reports going as far back as 1997 and we will be posting these to a website in the near future,” Bloem said.
SBROC’s failure to reopen the resort by Saturday has triggered summary proceedings by the Tenants Association of Pelican Resort Club (TAPRC). They say the sudden closure deprives them of their rights and they are shocked the new owner cannot operate the resort with the present liabilities.