Cova and Willem: We’re not there yet!
WILLEMSTAD – “We’re not there yet!” said the President of the SGTK union, Alcides Cova. The SGTK represents the contract workers of the oil refinery Isla. Cova points out that despite the lump sum that amounts to 1.8 million guilders for the employees from the private sector to help solve the problem, there is still the need to reach an agreement.
“We are talking about the distribution of the amount given by the private sector. But also we need to negotiate a collective employment agreement. We haven’t done that yet,” said the union leader.
Also the director of the contractors’ association AAV, Mike Willem indicated that the parties still have some ways to go.
“I have not heard anything yet about the guarantees demanded by us to the government and the oil refinery. We want to them to do something about the unfair competition, that local companies and contractors employed at the oil refinery have to deal with,” said Cova.
Willem wonders how 1.8 million guilders suddenly appeared to meet the demands of the lump sum of the SGTK union.
“I have my thought about it, but I will not go into. I am satisfied that we as an organization have stated that we were ready to go up to 500 guilders per person, and that's still the case,” said Willem.