Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013

Dry dock workers want the government to take action

Curacao Ports AuthorityWILLEMSTAD - Employees of the Curaçao Dry Dock Company (CDM) want the government to take action. They are afraid that the Dock will go bankrupt. According to the workers, the company has been able to operate for years because a certain group of workers was being exploited and for 20 years not a penny has been invested in the maintenance of the installations.

The CDM has been convicted by a U.S. Court for exploitation and slavery, and to pay $ 120 million in damages to three Cuban ex-employees. According to the employees, the government has to do something now.

According to the Minister of Economic Development, Stanley Palm, the Curaçao Dry Dock Company (CDM) has a debt of $ 80 million (which is $120 million now) and is likely to go bankrupt, but the government does not want to help. The company has 275 employees.

“The government itself can do nothing; it is actually outside of all this. But paying 80 million, certainly not,” said Minister Palm.

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