Published On: Mon, Dec 4th, 2017

Why are the unions taking action against this government?

unionsWILLEMSTAD - The members of eleven unions on the island have announced that they will take action against the government of Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath. But what are the reasons why these unions are taking action?

The unions are strongly committed to having the current government implement the increase in the minimum wage, as proposed last year by former Minister of Pueblo Soberano Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia of Social Development, Labor and Welfare: a successive increase to the level of subsistence level must be reached in 2020. Cova: “Before the end of the year, the bill proposal must be ratified, otherwise the first step must be taken. Everything is ready and now the government wants to seek advice again.”

In addition, the members take action against the dismissal of 280 employees of the telecommunication company UTS. The trade unions demand the resignation of the company’s CEO Paul de Geus.

And thirdly, the increase in the premium for car insurance is another reason for the actions. It must be removed from the table. Cova: “The government has no solution for UTS and says to want to talk with the insurance companies about introducing the increase in different phases.”

The meeting between the members of the unions yesterday did not last long, says Cova. “We agreed quite fast on the issues. There was no doubt, we proceeded to action. That is the right of the employees.” Cova does not rule out that more unions will join the actions.

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