New Post Netherlands Antilles Transfer protocol takes Wescot-Williams by surprise

POSTED: 09/17/11 3:29 PM

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s Shareholder Representative in New Post Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was shocked on Thursday that the company has signed a transfer protocol with the St. Maarten Communication Workers Union (SMCU). The signing comes ahead of the presentation of a report by a working group set up by the Shareholder Representative of Postal Services St. Maarten, which is Prime Minister Wescot-Williams.

The working group, whose main task is to get Postal Services St. Maarten “up and running”, consists of a representative of the Government of St. Maarten, the supervisory board of Postal Services St. Maarten, the managing director of Postal Services St. Maarten, a representative of the St. Maarten Communication Workers Union and a staffer of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister. Their report is due at the beginning of October 2011.

“The signing of the transfer protocol between New Post Netherlands Antilles and St. Maarten Communication Workers Union came as an utter surprise as this matter was never discussed in the working group, while the members have been meeting on a regular basis. The Shareholder representative is unable to offer any comments on the validity and implications of the signing of this agreement between New Post Netherlands Antilles and Postal Services St. Maarten.,” Wescot-Williams said Thursday.

While the prime minister understands that New Post Netherlands Antilles and the union desired an agreement, she does not agree that they would bind third parties – more specifically Postal Services St. Maarten.

“The working group is awaiting an explanation from the union and will thereafter advise the Shareholder representative upon receiving clarification,” Wescot-Williams said.

The working group was set up because the management of New Post Netherlands Antilles has not responded to a request by the prime minister to submit a new proposal on the transfer of postal activities and the personnel to Postal Services St. Maarten – a company established in September 2010 that is wholly owned by the Island Territory of St. Maarten. The initial request, tabled on August 23 at a Shareholders meeting, was for a plan of approach on terminating the services of New Post Netherlands Antilles. That proposal was submitted August 26 but the prime minister informed them by return letter that she did not consider their proposal a plan for transfer and asked them to resubmit the documentation with the transfer date for business related information like financial date and contractual obligations. There has been no reply to that letter from the prime minister.

 

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