Social groups to lobby MPs and launch equality information campaign

POSTED: 01/9/12 4:41 PM

St. Maarten – Representatives from three unions, the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions, the St. Maarten United Non-Governmental Federation (Sunfed) and first vice president of the St. Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association Raymond Jessurun have agreed to approach the individual Members of Parliament’s permanent committee on inter-parliamentary affairs and Kingdom relations to get them to lobby with their colleagues from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands on creating equality in health care and insurances. They took the decision Saturday night after the week ended and they had no response on their request to meet the 55 MPs from the four countries during their meeting from January 10 to January 13.
The lobby towards local MPs will be balanced with a media campaign that will highlight concerns like the yet to be approved National Health Insurance System for St. Maarten and “persisting” poverty among the employed and unemployed workers and their family members. The various entities believe the lack of progress on both fronts is a “double violation of human rights here in St. Maarten.”
“The Kingdom government is constantly referring to good governance and higher supervision for the countries here in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, but is not addressing the human rights deficit in social economic and cultural rights. The social organizations want the Parliamentary delegations to address these issues and to instruct the14 ministers of the Dutch cabinet and the Ministers Plenipotentiary of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten to comply with all human rights treaties and eliminate the human rights deficit in the Kingdom of the Netherlands just as they started to address the democratic deficit in the Kingdom of the Netherlands,” a release from Jesserun stated.

The various entities at Saturday’s meeting also decided to meet a delegation from the seniors and pensioners organizations from Curacao at the Wifol Building at 3:00 p.m. today. The visiting delegation will assist in the information campaign. They will focus specifically on the work over the past 11 years to secure equal pensions across the Kingdom.

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