WICSU: New concession strategy poses no threat to airport workers

POSTED: 08/2/13 4:31 PM

St. Maarten -Unionized workers at the  Princess Juliana International Airport will not lose their jobs as a result of  restructuring that is currently taking place, the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) has assured.  Trade unionist Derie Leonard says that after a witnessing a presentation on Wednesday, at the airport, as it relates to the various components of the restructuring, she believes that her members have no reason to be alarmed. The union was invited by PJIA, as one of the many groups, who have gotten first hand information from the facility on the direction, it is heading in.

“There were rumors circulating that the airport workers are losing their jobs. It is not the aviation workers but rather store personnel. The changes have nothing with the airport workers that are working for the airport. Based on what I see, it will now become 85 to 90 percent locally owned stores that will now be at the airport,” Leonard stated.

Leonard said that she is still to confirm whether the employees themselves were briefed on the changes but her union will ensure that the information as provided by the airport is passed on to them.

The airport is currently working on a new retail/concession strategy, which has fueled rumors of mass retrenchment, outsourcing and the granting of concessions to primarily foreign companies. All of these scenarios have been dismissed by airport CEO Regina Labega.

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