St. Maarten Justice workers still await cost of living adjustmentPOSTED: 09/27/12 11:59 AM
St. Maarten – The 2010 cost of living adjustment payments to members of the Coast Guards are still pending. According to Finance Minister Roland Tuitt, it amounts to 2.4 million guilders ($1.34 million). The amount Tuitt says will not affect the country because “that money came from the federal government.”
The payments were delayed Tuitt said because the salary scales the justice system uses for the Coast Guard is different from those that are used in the civil service.
“A letter will have to be sent to the head of the Coast Guard and once they approve it, it will be negotiated with Holland. Once that is approved then we will be able to pay out this amount,” Tuitt explained.
The minister hopes to have the process resolved by the end of October. In the meantime another category of justice workers are also wondering when they will get their money.
That cost of living adjustment payments amount to 112,000 guilders ($62,500) owed to police, immigration and prison officers.
“This amount will affect our budget but it is already included in the budget amendment so that’s no big problem,” Tuitt said.