Wicsu close to agreement with Casino Royale

POSTED: 01/15/13 12:57 PM

St. Maarten – Sometime this week the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/ Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) is expected to sign a collective labor agreement (CLA) with the management of Casino Royale on behalf of unionized workers there. The CLA has been a long time coming for Wicsu-members of the Maho based casino. Union President Derie Leonard that although the union has a larger membership at the Sonesta Maho Resort combined, the CLA for the casino workers is a welcome relief.

The union that is generally known for inking solid CLAs in the interest of workers is yet to get one for its workers at the St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS).

“We still have to negotiate the CLA for the SLS,” Leonard told Today. Since last August, unionized workers there have been struggling to have their rights recognized. Over an eight year period, the union undertook industrial action twice to have the concerns of the workers of the island’s main lab, addressed.

The union also has membership in St. Eustatius and Saba.

As of January 1 Nieuwe Post Nederlandse Antillen N.V ceased the delivery of mail St. Eustatius and now only operates the E-zone service. The company’s General Director Franklin Sluis had said that his company disagreed with the terms under which Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp unilaterally extended the concession for postal services to this company until December 31, 2013. The company’s decision meant that mail delivery to Saba and Bonaire would be terminated as well.

The situation has affected the five postal workers on Statia, as well as 15 in Bonaire and two in Saba. Leonard said that Wicsu is busy trying to fight for the rights of the unionized postal workers in Statia.

“This is an ongoing case and we will do everything to get what is rightful for our members.”

The union currently has its representative Denicio Connor on the ground in Statia looking into the situation. He is also attempting to get placement of workers since the reorganization of the government.

Over in Statia, Leonard said that her union successfully signed a collective labor agreement with the management of the Statia Telephone Company (Satel N.V) on behalf of the unionized workers in December.

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