Seniors association contemplates action

POSTED: 06/27/14 2:02 AM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) convenes another meeting at the Senior Citizens Recreational Center in Hope Estate tomorrow afternoon starting at 2 p.m. to decide about a course of action on several issues that affect the lives of seniors.

Two weeks ago, seventy seniors attended a previous meeting of the association. The SMSPA-board will present follow up actions on the proposal to increase the monthly old age pension to 1,000 guilders, about the indexation of social allowances, the high utility bills, the high cost of living and the lack of respect for the human rights of older citizens.

The board will discuss the social protection floor for social allowances that ought to be observed in the kingdom – something that is not observed in St. Maarten.

The Madrid International Action Plan on Aging of the United Nations is poorly implemented, SMSPA-chairman Raymond Jessurun stated in a press release. The same is true for the San Jose Charter on the Rights of Older Persons of 2012. The association will furthermore bring up the Kingdom’s non-compliance with the right to Development of the people of St. Maarten.

The meeting is scheduled to conclude around 4 p.m. Non-members are welcome to attend but they will have no voting rights, unless they sign up as an SMSPA-member.


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