St. Maarten Airport gives men five days paternity leave

POSTED: 06/7/12 1:06 PM

Managing Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport Regina Labega (third right) watches as President of Wicsu Derie Leonard, General Secretary of Wicsu William Reed and vice president of ABVO (Curacao) Adrie Williams sign a new collective labor agreement for staffers at the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE). Vice president of WICSU and a radar controller at PJIAE Duncan van Heyningen, Shop Steward for WICSU at PJIAE Aurilio Baly and President of ABVO (St. Maarten) Keturah Brown were also at the signing. (PJIAE photo)

St. Maarten – The new collective labor agreement between the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE), the Windward Island Civil Servants Union (Wicsu) and Abvo gives male staffers the novelty of seven days paternity leave, where they used to get only two.
The agreement was signed on May 28 after a year of negotiations. Wicsu represents the Air Traffic Controllers, while Abvo union represents the other unionized airport employees.
This is the first time that the company has concluded one CLA with two unions. The new CLA is an expansion of its predecessor and includes more benefits for the 245 workers represented by the two unions. workers will receive increments of between 2.5 percent and 2.6 percent on their salaries over the next three years. The new salary structure, based on a recently-concluded study, should be in place by June and will take into account the cost of living and “weight of an employee’s function.” Terms negotiated under the new CLA will apply to the new salary scale.
“This CLA is not only beneficial to the employees, but the employer as well because when you maintain a happy atmosphere where employees feel appreciated, you end up with a better product,” vice president of the Air Traffic Controllers Association and PJIAE Shop Steward for Wicsu Duncan van Heyningen said.

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