Published On: Wed, Oct 19th, 2016

Governor will not sign 80/20 bill

GovernorWILLEMSTAD – A new government will almost immediately have to deal with a hot issue. The 80/20 bill. The Governor already indicated that she will not sign this bill because it is discriminatory.

The bill is now back in the hands of the minister who submitted the law, namely the Minister of Social Development, Labor and Welfare Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia of the Pueblo Soberano party (PS).

The 80/20 bill which states that 80 percent of all workers in a company should be of local origin has been under discussion for months. The Advisory Council (RvA) stated in a letter dated 2012 that the law would infringe the principle of equality because there is a distinction made between the people based on nationality. Based on this advice from the RvA it was uncertain whether the Governor would sign it for publication. Now it appears that the Governor also believes that the law, as it stands, is discriminatory.

According to the Minister’s party, the bill is not discriminatory. According to the party, the law is to help the local people to get a job.

“We have used our Constitution as a basis for the law and gave examples of other countries that have implemented these laws,” said the Minister. However, the Governor still has doubts about the law.

The Minister indicated that now that she has the bill proposal in hands again, she will analyze is and make the necessary corrections.

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