SMMC and WIHCUA reach agreement on new CLA

POSTED: 04/8/11 11:53 AM

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Medical Center and the Windward Islands Healthcare Union Association (WICHUA) reached agreement on a new three year Collective Labor Agreement (CLA) Thursday. Agreement on the document was brokered by Labor Mediator Kenneth Lopes.

The new CLA, which will take effect from June 1, will be valid for three years. The agreement gives the employees significant benefits and falls within the hospital’s guiding principles.

“The agreed upon CLA is not just a document for covering the Labor conditions within the SMMC, but also provides a framework where parties can work together. Within this framework committees will be established to give special attention to common objectives and goals,” the President of the hospital’s board of directors Dr. George Scot wrote in a statement.

The hospital has proposed that the new CLA be signed on June 7 as this coincides with the 20th anniversary of the hospital’s opening. Agreements that have direct or indirect financial consequences will be placed in a protocol to be signed by the management and the union.

 

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