SER presents Flexicurity advice

POSTED: 02/4/14 12:41 PM

St. Maarten The Social Economic Council (SER) submitted Flexicurity for Sint Maarten, an unsolicited advice, to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Friday. The advice offers an integrated approach to dismissal procedures, the use of short-term labor contracts and the introduction of unemployment insurance for Sint Maarten workers.

The term Flexicurity was coined in Europe in the 1990s. It signifies a balanced approach to the reform of labor relations; on the one hand it aims to break the deadlock on needlessly complicated dismissal procedures that are felt by many to make employers reluctant to hire new personnel. On the other hand it offers employees more security in the event of unemployment and more opportunities to quickly find a new job.

The present Flexicurity advice is a follow-up to the 2012 SER advice on short-term labor contracts, which at that time was requested by Parliament. The SER felt the use and possible abuse of short-term contracts cannot be seen in isolation from existing dismissal laws and from the social security system for workers, especially in light of St. Maarten’s seasonal tourism-driven economy. For that reason, an advice with a broader scope was initiated, resulting in the present Flexicurity proposal.

The SER is convinced this advice will contribute to further debate and policy making on dismissal rules and social security. The council is confident the government will be able to use this advice to its advantage, and is looking forward to the government’s response to its proposals.

After publication in the National Gazette the advice of the SER will be available for downloading at together with all SER advices published so far.


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