Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

Schotte: “The Government promotes its job data bank, but where are the jobs?”

SchotteWILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister and leader of the MFK faction in Parliament, Gerrit Schotte, indicated that today, year 2014, after 18 months of this government governing in three different concepts, an Interim Government which lasted two and a half months, an Assignment Cabinet (created by the late Wiels to avoid calling it a Business Cabinet), which lasted 6 months and now in its unique form, changing just three Ministers, the government has become a Political Cabinet. This government has already caused 3000 people to lose their jobs.

However, every day this current government requests the people of Curacao to register at the Government’s job data bank. For which job, we don’t know, but this is the government’s message. The reality is that there were many unbalanced austerity measures taken by this government even though they were told not to do so. The result is now that thousands of people are now unemployed. In 2013, the government admitted that many will lose their jobs, but they have also indicated in parliament that they will invest 270 million guilders in that same year, but this has not happened yet. The result is that at the end of 2013 there are 2800 people without a job in Curacao.

  1. The Kura Hulanda Hotel has closed its doors. The hotel operator went bankrupt and all the employees, both at Otrabanda and Westpunt, were dismissed.
  2. Then came DAE, where hundreds of people lost their jobs and the economic impact, calculated by the government, was 100 million dollars.
  3. Save-A-Lot Supermarket (a special concept with high quality products at a good Price) closed its doors. More people lost their jobs.
  4. A local bank dismissed 50 employees last week.
  5. One more hotel, threatening to close its doors, because it can’t afford the costs of doing business in this country, will probably be next. More people will go home.

Just as we have indicated here, the country has have followed the same path in 2014. Tourism numbers of January and February 2014 are negative causing a negative effect for our hotels, with the sad consequence that jobs are in danger. Just as any other economy in the world, when you take unbalanced measures, the crime rate will increase.

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