Published On: Fri, Nov 15th, 2013

200 UTS employees face uncertainty

UTS employeesWILLEMSTAD –  A part of the staff of the public company United Telecommunication Services (UTS) awaits an uncertain future. The company has indicated that they are considering reducing the workforce. This means that 200 workers will lose their jobs. This morning a group of employees gathered in the union building to request assistance with this issue.

“UTS will lay off 200 people by mutual consent, but if this does not happen then UTS will proceed to forced dismissals," says board member of the union, Eithel Hato. “The layoffs are not only the problem but also how to proceed with the company, because if the current management is not capable of running the company than next year we have the same problem.”

According to Hato, the union wants to know how the company ended up in this situation and what they have done to prevent it. “You have to have a vision as a company and in our opinion this is not the case here. For the staff this decision raises many questions, because it has been repeatedly communicated that UTS has made a profit in the past six years.”

The staff has asked the union to knock at Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and Minister Earl Balborda’s (Urban Planning) door for a solution. The union has sent a letter out the door towards both government officials.

By Aruna Jhagru

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