St. Maarten Medical Center, union sign protocol, commit to working together

POSTED: 05/18/11 12:10 PM

St. Maarten – General Director of the St. Maarten Medical Center Dr. George Scot and President of the Windward Islands Healthcare Union Association (WIHCUA) Julian Lynch signed a Collective Labor Agreement protocol recently. Labor Mediator Derrick Holiday was a witness to the signing of the agreement on main points that precedes signing of the actual agreement in June.
“The C.L.A. Protocol underlines the commitment to jointly move forward to create a safer and healthier hospital organization that exceeds the satisfaction of patients and employees,” Scot said in a statement.
In a statement Scot called the signing an important milestone that follows the hospital holding to its “professional stance” and completing an agreement that is “in the interest of the employees” and that “fits the guiding principles of the SMMC.”
The protocol covers implementation of a new performance evaluation system, increasing the vacation allowance, increasing the start amount of vacation days, introduction of a scarcity allowance, a structure to implement a cost of living adjustment based on the height of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase and the objective to work out a cooperation framework in a social contract.
The new C.L.A will take effect on June 1 and last for three years. Scot has committed that it will be used as a guide for labor conditions and a framework for parties to work together. That commitment will lead to the set up of joint committees to accomplishing the joint goals and objectives.

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