Published On: Wed, Sep 14th, 2016

Union leader: “General strike this Thursday”

strikeWILLEMSTAD – During a press conference, the leaders of the majority of labor unions on the islands declared that there will be a general strike on Thursday morning in support of the contract workers of the oil refinery. These employees and their union SGTK have been on strike for more than two weeks now.

The union centrals SSK and CGTC plus several non-affiliated unions also want to protest a law passed by Parliament that limits Government-owned companies, foundations and other public-sector entities in negotiating employment conditions and benefits with their personnel, as well as the public order decree by Justice Minister Nelson Navarro for an island-wide ban on crowds with the intent to demonstrate.

The unions categorically deny any responsibility for Monday night’s fire at the national theatre “Sentro Pro Arte” near the SSK building. The complex burned down because firefighters could not get close due to the size and intense heat of the blaze, along with concerns about materials containing asbestos in the abandoned structure.

Navarro and Minister of Social Development, Labor and Wellbeing Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia had been trying to bring parties in the conflict together along with national mediator Randolph Gijsbertha, but to no avail.

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