Published On: Thu, Jul 25th, 2013

Bill 80/20 still a problem to become law

Omayra LeeflangWILLEMSTAD – There is a 80/20 bill, which was an initiative from Parliament and was only adopted by this legislative body but the Government has never signed it nor published this bill so it can become a law. If a bill is not published, it will not become law, thus it is not valid. This is according to the member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang MP. This bill states that at every company 80 percent of the employees should be local and 20 percent foreigners. It was an initiative of the current Prime Minister Ivar Asjes when he was a member of Parliament for the political party Pueblo Soberano (PS).

According to the MP, the bill has been heavily criticized. One of the issues with this bill, according to critics, is that it is discriminatory because it is difficult to know who are the 20 percent of people considered to be foreigners and who are the 80 percent of people considered to be locals or as they say Curacaoans. In the MP’s opinion, the Minister of Social and Labor Affairs (SOAW) must first get to know this bill and all others pending in her Ministry. What she has done until now is go to Aruba and waste a lot of money trying to find out how they implement this law.

According to Leeflang, Minister Francisca left for Aruba to see how they work with a so called job bank. This is a data base of employment opportunities in Aruba. The Minister wants to implement this law because every country has their own laws defending their locals. Minister Fransisca wants to use this job bank from Aruba as a model to implement the 80/20 law. But, according to Leeflang, the Minister doesn’t know that Curacao already has a “job bank” for many years. “If the Minister wants to use the the 80/20 bill to travel and find out how they use it in other countries, she has to make sure it becomes a law here first,” according to the MP.

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