Wifol prepared to negotiate with Simpson Bay resort

POSTED: 05/2/12 11:47 AM

St. Maarten – “The rights of the workers have been trampled by the Simpson Bay resort,” Wifol-President Theophilus Thompson said yesterday at the union’s weekly press briefing. There is still no ruling on the resort’s request to freeze the April 2-ruling that orders the company to pay wages retroactively to all Wifol-members who were employed at the resort before it changed ownership. Thompson expects that ruling today.

In favor of us and made clear that the workers are now employees of the Simpson Bay Resort. They must respect the agreement between the company and the workers.”

Thompson pointed out that under the new ownership the resort is still managed “by the people who’ve done that for the past thirty years. “According to the law the workers remain on the job. The new owner is responsible for their rights.”

Thompson expressed disappointment about the continued silence” of the government on the Simpson Bay Resort issue. The company filed a request for the dismissal of 49 Wifol-members but up to yesterday no decision had been taken about it.

Thompson said that the union is prepared to negotiate with the resort. “We’re not asking something that is impossible,” he said. “A company must at all times remain viable and profitable. Otherwise there is no job security.”

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