Published On: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

CPS employees on strike

PortWILLEMSTAD – The employees of the stevedoring company, Curaçao Port Services (CPS) laid down their work this morning out of dissatisfaction for the lack of a new collective agreement. These employees work at the container terminal at Nieuwe Haven. This was confirmed by their union leader Guiseppe Sambo.

Reports that the employees did not show up for work this week were refuted by the union leader. Sambo indicated that everybody was at work and that the operations at the container harbor continued as normal during the week except for today.

The country mediator Anthony Obispo called a meeting this morning at 10 with the parties. Obispo indicated to have heard about the employees’ dissatisfaction and, consequently, has scheduled the meeting with CPS and the union.

The country mediator also indicated that the parties have agreed on a media silence. “We are in the process of negotiating so I don’t see the reason for the strike. This will also be discussed with the union,” said Obispo.

The union leader was present this morning to assist the employees and he confirmed that he will attend the meeting with the country mediator. The employees stated that if the union meets with CPS and the country mediator they will lay down their work and that’s what happened this morning. They have been waiting for three years for a collective agreement.

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