Published On: Wed, Dec 10th, 2014

CAP provides a safe airport and sustainable long-term employment for staff

airportWILLEMSTAD - CAP does not wish to publicly discuss the content of the CLA negotiation as parties are at the table with the mediator, but CAP strongly believes that the proposal given to ABVO for a new CLA assures long-term and sustainable employment for the employees of CAP and that the CLA proposed by CAP will continue to be one of the best employee agreements available on the island of Curaçao.

The strike undertaken by members of the ABVO union on Thursday unnecessarily disrupted operations at the airport and inconvenienced passengers, placed a financial burden on airlines and other operators, and likely impacted the reputation of Curaçao as a convenient tourism destination. CAP does not understand the need for this action especially since it generously provided the ABVO Service Group and union members with work time on 2 separate occasions before the strike in order to inform the employees during their working hours on the status of important negotiation points. On Wednesday evening when no progress was expected, CAP proposed moving to mediation, fully in accordance with the Negotiation-protocol signed between both parties, to proceed to the government official mediator.

  • As the CLA of 2011-2014 has expired, CAP and ABVO are in the process of negotiating a new CLA. According to the established Protocol, CAP and ABVO are now in mediation, after negotiating meetings that have lasted for over nine months failed to reach an equitable agreement. On Wednesday, CAP proposed, as required by the negotiation protocol to approach the government mediator to assist in achieving an equitable agreement.
  • CAP is also under the supervision of other entities which provide regulatory oversight of the operations at the airport. These entities include the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Ministry of Labor. The airport operates to international standards as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
  • CAP is regularly reviewed and/or audited by all these regulatory entities and is always open for audits as it respects the laws of Curaçao and its obligations as stipulated in the DOMA.

Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) informs that it is a private company which has executed a formal Development, Operations and Management Agreement (DOMA) with the government owned company HIA (subsidiary of CAH) to operate the Curaçao International Airport. Curaçao Airport Holding/HIA is the entity which is responsible for compliance oversight of this agreement, which is supervision being done regularly.

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