Ufa presses de Weever to do more on labor front

POSTED: 06/13/12 1:31 PM

St. Maarten– The advisor of the United Federation of the Windward Antilles Willy Haize has requested Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever to give attention to a number of areas that the union is concerned about. Haize details the concerns in a letter he sent de Weever on June 5.

The union advisor is particularly concerned that the minister has yet to reply to the four year “labor program” they submitted. The program focuses on job protection, the right to employment, reasonable wages, social benefits and securing guarantees that people can access legal aid when they are unemployed, equal treatment and the right to petition.

Haize also protests the “unfair dismissal” of Michel Jean Edwards’ dismissal from Menzies and accuses the Secretary General in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor drs Jorien Wuite of “over ruling” a court verdict that Edwards should have been reappointed to his function.

Haize also remains concerned that the minister has not tabled any updates to the country’s labor laws and the fact that he is not issuing legal aid or providing jobs to staffers of the former Pelican Resort. The union advisor also wants de Weever to have the labor department review the books of Goddard Catering. The company recently dismissed several staffers and the union does not agree that the layoffs were necessary or followed legal procedure especially since the company plans to build a new catering facility outside of the airport.

The government mediator is also roundly criticized in the June 5th letter for not rounding off pending mediation that the union has with 15 businesses. The union now calls for the appointment of “experienced persons”.

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