Union leader: “Decrease bus tariffs politically motivated”
WILLEMSTAD – According to the leader of the Transportation Union (STU), Giovanni Decaster, there are different transport tariffs, such as taxis that charge tourists 50 to 60 dollars per trip. This taxi tariff could be lower, but the government does not address it. Instead, they address the bus drivers, said Decaster.
“I think this reduction (of the bus fares, which was announced by the Ministry of Economic Development at the end of December), has much to do with politics, since the elections are this year,” said Decaster. The small bus drivers are still using last year’s rates out of dissatisfaction with the actions of the government.
Decaster even indicated that the small bus drivers cooperated with the Ministry of Economic Development when the Government Accountants Foundation (SOAB) did the research in order to ensure fair rates based on the minimum wage.
The union leader also states that the SOAB research report should have been completed last year, and that his union together with the Minister of Economic Development, Eugene Ruggenaath would then discuss the results of the report. Now it appears that they still need an extra month to finalize the report, and that the government has received a draft thereof.
“That’s when they made the decision to lower the bus rates per January 1, 2016.”