Wifol, SBROC met special mediators Saturday

POSTED: 03/6/11 9:24 PM

St. Maarten – Parties in the ongoing labor dispute that led to the closure of the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and the Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina have been called to a meeting yesterday (Saturday) by the prime minister’s legal advisor Hensley Plantijn. Plantijn is one of two men who were appointed by the prime minister to get parties – Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company (SBROC) and Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) – to agree on the resort re-opening and the employees returning to work.

Parties have been trading positions for nearly two weeks and while Wifol Attorney Wim van Sambeek is open to the meeting he’s not sure it will lead to an agreement.

“The situation is still unclear but we can be optimistic, not too optimistic because government has to make budgetary commitments and I am not sure how that will go in the present situation. The meeting itself might be more efficient than exchanging documents but I think realistically there is not much chance that we’ll find a solution outside of the courts,” Van Sambeek said.

SBROC’S Attorney Jairo Bloem said, “I’m happy to go in because we then we can have some certainty. I’m going in positive and if we come to an agreement then we can all work together and focus on the work that needs to be done, so we can deal with other threats to the resort’s viability that exists. If we don’t agree my client is prepared to move forward with opening as quickly as possible with or without Wifol.”

 No time or place for the meeting had been set at press time.

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