St. Maarten questions Collective Labor Agreement, requests two board members

POSTED: 04/5/11 12:01 PM

Shareholders meeting on Postal Services

St. Maarten – A shareholder meeting between St. Maarten and Curacao, who own New Post Netherlands Antilles (N.P.N.A) has been adjourned without parties getting into details that relate to the employees. Parties met in Curacao on March 31 at the request of St. Maarten to discuss the functioning of the post office in St. Maarten and its transfer to Postal Services St. Maarten N.V. (PSS).

One concrete issue related to the employees that was tabled is that a Collective Labor Agreement (C.L.A) is ready to be signed, but the Shareholder Representative from St. Maarten, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, has questioned several matters including the fact that the negotiations were held with the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and is named as the signatory party even though the St. Maarten Communications Union (SMCU) now represents the workers.

“Because we have some questions about this, the matter of the C.L.A. has been left open,” Wescot-Williams said.

When parties came to the matter of the transition Wescot-Williams said the delegation was confronted with an instruction from Curacao’s Council of Ministers to the management of N.P.N.A that they should do nothing that will jeopardize the company’s position. This is a directive is something Wescot-Williams believes could put the relationship where it comes to making a transition to PSS in jeopardy.

“We must agree on how the pass over to P.S.S. will be done because the current instruction does not consider P.S.S and we believe that during the transition, parties cannot but work together, so we decided we needed to have discussion outside of the shareholders meeting, before we move ahead and so the meeting was adjourned,” Wescot-Williams said.

No date has been set for the resumption of the meeting and prime minister’s next step is to appoint a representative to meet the management on her behalf to carry the discussion forward.

Wescot-Williams also announced Monday that St. Maarten has requested to have two members of the Board of existing postal company, in light of a discussion initiated by the government of Curacao on setting up a new board.


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